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January 14, 1998

Impossible CasesPsychotherapy With "Impossible" Cases: The Efficient Treatment of Therapy Veterans

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Barry L. Duncan, Mark A. Hubble, and Scott D. Miller, 222 pp, $35, ISBN 0-393-70246-4, New York, NY, WW Norton & Co, 1997.

JAMA. 1998;279(2):165-166. doi:10.1001/jama.279.2.165-JBK0114-5-1

The idea behind the triple-authored Psychotherapy with "Impossible" Cases is a good one: that our patients will often serve as our best guides in helping us to help make them better. We are reminded that, despite the anxiety that may be aroused in us, the patient bears the ultimate responsibility for his or her own behavior. A significant first step is to accept the patient's "theory of the problem," according to the authors, whose backgrounds are in brief solution−focused therapy.

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