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In the preface to the first edition, published in 1938, Paul Schilder states: "It has often been said that for a psychological approach to the patient the physician needs but two mysterious qualities: a personality and intuition. But these two qualities, without knowledge and training, would hardly suffice for surgery. Neither do they for psychotherapy." To supply this knowledge and training, this book was written, and it has found its place in medical teaching. It often reads like the protocol of lectures to students in a psychotherapy seminar. It has the advantage and the disadvantage of such an informal approach. Paul Schilder's work was one of the first attempts to criticize, evaluate and synchronize psychotherapy in its various aspects, and as such it will be welcome. Lauretta Bender has revised and enlarged the new edition. Of special use is the bibliography, which is brought up to date.
Psychotherapy. AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1951;65(4):543. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1951.02320040133018