September 8, 1934

Psychology and Psychotherapy

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By William Brown, D.M., D.Sc., F.R.C.P., Wilde Reader in Mental Philosophy in the University of Oxford. Third edition. Cloth. Price, $4.75. Pp. 252, with illustrations. Baltimore: William Wood & Company, 1934.

JAMA. 1934;103(10):781. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750360057037

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A writer with the equipment with which Dr. Brown is endowed (for he is author of at least one fine monograph on psychology and is trained as a physician) should be expected to make a real contribution to the literature of psychotherapy. Before stating that he does, one must point out that the present work is uneven in quality and that the chapters on peace and war and on pyschical research are irrelevant. Nevertheless, a modern book in which all the various schools of psychotherapy are summarized and their applications shown has been badly needed. In this volume are discussed the underlying theories of psychoanalysis and hypnosis and their technics. The therapeutic uses of personal influence and faith therapy are seldom discussed, so that their inclusion adds to the value of this book. There is a section on juvenile delinquency which expresses a very different opinion from that generally held

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