Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA ; David H. Morse,
MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review
Written by the psychiatrist who was Catherine Penney’s therapist
during his residency in the 1960s and who continued to treat her once he was
in practice, Dante’s Cure tells a compelling
tale of dedicated psychotherapy in a time and a place where the 3-plus years’
hospitalization Penney underwent was rare, even then, but not unheard of.
The title refers to Dante’sInferno and provides
an allegory for Penney’s and Dr Dorman’s joint journey through
her years of therapy, as well as for Penney’s initial state of severe
confusion and emotional dysfunction. Each of the book’s nine subsections
is introduced with a quote from the Inferno, reflecting
a different stage of that journey and the revelations that reward the traveler
who persists, despite seemingly insuperable odds.
Hartshorn M. Psychotherapy. JAMA. 2004;292(15):1891-1897. doi:10.1001/jama.292.15.1895