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November 6, 1937

The Common Neuroses: Their Treatment by Psychotherapy. An Introduction to Psychological Treatment for Students and Practitioners

JAMA. 1937;109(19):1572. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780450076040

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To the practitioner of medicine this book is commended. It provides an insight into the etiology and therapy of the psychoneuroses contained in no other book. The author does not limit himself to any single approach in his attempt to understand and treat the psychoneuroses. "Most books now in circulation are pledged to some particular method, and there has been little recognition of the possibility that different methods of treatment may be used to advantage in different types of illness and for different individual patients." His critical analysis of Freud is heartening. He utilizes freudian mechanisms in his therapy and acknowledges Freud's contributions to the bodies of philosophic and psychologic knowledge, but he feels, in common with many others, that Freud's contribution is not basically a therapeutic one. The book should prove of inestimable value to the general practitioner, who sees, and will continue to see, the great bulk of

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