Presentation of Iñaki Markez

[Automatic translation from Catalan]:
I’m pleased to present to you again the work of Iñaki Markez, friend, doctor, psychiatrist, Doctor in Neurosciences, Master in drug addiction and AIDS; Master in Health Service; Master in Clinical Management; University Specialist in Legal Psychiatry and Forensic; Director of «Norte Salud Mental» and member of the Editorial Council of the Journal of the AEN, among many other occupations.

We invited him to participate in the 15th Mental Health Seminar of Nou Barris, Barcelona, dedicated to «Risk and vulnerability in the groups of Mental Health, social exclusion and poverty», so that he could convey his experience and share with families, patients, and professionals his extensive knowledge.

He later presented a new article in our journal that is based on his last book Collective violence and mental health: context, trauma and repair, and purports to be a resource for reflection and a work tool for all those who in their practical experience want to make constructive contributions in order to understand the mechanisms and effects of violence, where institutions, therapists and people affected, among others, must play a relevant role.

He was also an outstanding guest at the closing of the 4th Angel Garma Prize organized by our magazine to convey how difficult it was to build a society of psychoanalysts after a war as devastating as 1936–1939, especially as it was impossible to use the psychoanalytic method where the deadly weight of a sinister dictatorship was devastating, as if in our office the word is the most important, and the regime forbids it, and still continues to create conflicts and cut off the languages of the state other than hegemonic. It was only possible thanks to the work and tenacity of many exiled psychoanalysts such as Garma himself, Pere Bofill, Pere Folch Mateu, Júlia Coromines, and Francesc Tosquelles now recovered at a magnificent exhibition in Barcelona. He is also the author of the first and magnificent book on Angel Garma, which involved an important effort in both the collection of information and its elaboration.

Today, in his courageous line, I once again present an excellent piece of work on the path and views held by Sigmund Freud on the war, especially in the period linked to the First World War and the beginning of the Second, directly related to the current situation in the world and analyzed from the point of view of social relations and understanding the functioning of psychism. There is also a critical analysis of the concept of «life and death pulsion».

As usual an interesting article, especially if we bear in mind that today, after so many years, we are facing a terrible war that does not stop.

Anna Miñarro
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