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May 21, 1938

Concepts and Problems of Psychotherapy

JAMA. 1938;110(21):1777-1778. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790210057029

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There has been a need for some time for a comprehensive book that would cover the use of psychotherapy by physicians. Hinsie has attempted somewhat to make such a volume for the use of the individual who is devoting his life to mental treatment. Unfortunately he falls short of his goal. It is quite true that a young psychiatrist beginning his work in this field would be interested in knowing something about the various types of psychotherapeutics which are in use today. He undoubtedly would want more than just a description of procedures and would want an idea of precisely how they are used, by whom they should be used, and, if they are not easily translated from the printed words to action, how they can be learned. Unfortunately, however, all that Hinsie's book contains is a brief summary of the more conventional freudian ideas, supplemented with chapters devoted, first,

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