Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiii

Paul Mosher and Jeff rey Berman have been friends and neighbors for forty years, but this is their first book together. Paul is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Albany, New York, a Clinical Professor of psychiatry at Albany Medical College, and a widely recognized...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-16

Confidentiality matters. We all define ourselves by those aspects of selfhood that we have shown to others and by those other aspects of selfhood that remain private and hidden. In fact, it is the latter part of selfhood, our “private” self, that sets us apart from other people, giving...

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1. We Have Met the Enemy, and He (Is) Was Us

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pp. 17-43

To understand the human stories behind noted confidentiality breaches and dilemmas in psychotherapy, we need to understand first the historical reasons for the ongoing loss of confidentiality in the patient- therapist relationship. Neither Freud nor anyone...

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2. The Buried Bodies Case: Lawyers Risk Their Careers to Defend Their Ethical Commitment to Client Privacy

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pp. 44-53

Most people understand the need for confidentiality in the lawyer-client relationship. Lawyers cannot provide proper representation unless clients can be completely frank in legal discussions. Lawyers have a responsibility to protect their clients’ disclosures, the violation...

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3. The Case of Joseph Lifschutz: A Psychoanalyst in Jail

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pp. 54-62

It is with disbelief that one hears the story of Dr. Joseph Lifschutz, a San Francisco psychoanalyst who was thrown into the San Mateo County Jail because he took a principled stand against revealing any information about a person who claimed to have once been his patient...

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4. “ The Angry Act”: The Psychoanalyst’s Breach of Confidentiality in Philip Roth’s Life and Art

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pp. 63-81

Imagine reading a story, by one of the country’s most acclaimed writers, about a young fictional novelist who discloses a humiliating childhood experience to his psychoanalyst. Without the fictional novelist’s knowledge or permission, the analyst uses the same material...

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5. Angry Acts and Counteractsin Philip Roth’s Life and Art

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pp. 82-104

Dr. Kleinschmidt could not have chosen a more self- fulfilling title for his case study, and the implications of “The Angry Act” continue to reverberate throughout Philip Roth’s life and art. He must have sensed when writing My Life as a Man that he was aiding...

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6. The Case of Jane Doe v. Joan Roe and Peter Poe: The Most Extensive Violation Ever of a Psychotherapy Patient’s Privacy

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pp. 105-143

A reader encountering the 1973 book In Search of a Response for the first time cannot help being impressed by its imposing physical appearance. A huge tome, much larger than a typical hardcover book in its weight and dimensions, In Search of a Response weighs...

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7. The Anne Sexton Controversy:“There Is Nothing Like This in theHistory of Literary Biography!”

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pp. 144-174

A patient, or his or her executor if the patient is deceased, generally has the right to copies of the patient’s medical records. If the patient is a famous poet who commits suicide, should her biographer have access to extensive audiotapes of her therapy sessions...

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8. The Tarasoff Case: Must the ProtectivePrivilege End Where the Public Peril Begins?

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pp. 175-197

“Am I my brother’s keeper?” This question from the book of Genesis has traditionally been understood by some as meaning that all of us living in a civilized society have a responsibility to other people, even what might be called a “moral duty” to them. For instance...

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9. Jaffee v. Redmond: The Supreme Court Speaks

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pp. 198-234

To understand the significance of Jaffee v. Redmond, one must recognize that the federal courts of the United States operate under a diff erent set of rules from those that apply in the individual states, each of which sets its own rules for evidence presented in a court of...

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10. The People v. Robert Bierenbaum: “Long-Ago Warnings Cannot Justify Abrogating the Privilege Covering Still Confidential Communications”

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pp. 235-263

It was a perfect story for the New York tabloids: the mysterious disappearance of a young physician’s attractive wife, Gail Katz Bierenbaum, on July 7, 1985. The only suspect was the husband himself, Robert Bierenbaum. Despite evidence suggesting the young physician’s...

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11. United States v. Sol Wachtler: “This Chief Judge Is Either Crazy or Criminal”

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pp. 264-298

Sol Wachtler begins his memoir After the Madness: A Judge’s Own Prison Memoir with two apt epigraphs, one by Montaigne: “There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times...

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Conclusion

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pp. 299-320

In his 2009 book In Confidence, a study of when to protect secrecy and when to require disclosure, Ronald Goldfarb offers an example of a confidential disclosure that may be a cry for help:
A Greek Orthodox priest asked a psychiatrist friend in his parish what he...

Works Cited

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pp. 321-334

Index

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pp. 335-346