The Dark Side of Psychoanalysis: 3. John Nathaniel Rosen: Fraud

Cortical Chauvinism

This is the third part of a series on John Nathaniel Rosen and psychoanalysis. The first 2 can be found at: 1) and 2) The first blog dealt with the concept of “refrigerator mothers”. The second blog dealt primarily with Dr. Rosen’s clinical practice methods. This blog will detail the sordid unraveling that brought his practice to an end. For those who would like more information on the subject please read Jeffrey Masson’s “In Against Therapy”, or Edward Dolnick’s “Madness on the Couch”.

John Nathaniel Rosen

The trail of debunking studies and lawsuits begins early. In 1958 William Horwitz and three other psychiatrists identified 19 patients of the 37 Rosen claimed to have cured. They found that seven of them had never been diagnosed as schizophrenic. Of the twelve schizophrenics, all had relapsed and been readmitted to mental hospitals, some repeatedly. None had been cured. After their three…

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