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July 31, 1948

Case Histories in Clinical and Abnormal Psychology

JAMA. 1948;137(14):1264. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890480084034

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This multiple authored book contains case histories of a wide variety of psychologic disorders written by forty-one psychologists and four psychiatrists. The editors state that their purpose has been twofold: "first, to present examples of most of the personality and behavior disorders; and second, to exhibit the work of competent clinician". The medical reader may think that "clinican" means a psychologist working in his traditional functions of diagnostic testing with patients, but he will find that a psychologist as a clinician is a psychotherapist. Several case histories indicate the therapeutic role of the psychologist and one of them, entitled " Nondirective Counseling," demonstrates the "echo" technic of that school. An introduction by Henry A. Murray covers twenty pages and demonstrates his erudition by rambling somewhat incoherently through a discussion of many distantly related facts. When he comes down to a real introduction, Murray indicates the essential criticisms of this work. Some

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