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September 8, 1951

A Primer for Psychotherapists

JAMA. 1951;147(2):204. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670190104042

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This volume is intended to present, in simple form, elementary principles of psychotherapy for use of beginners in this field, particularly interns, residents in psychiatric hospitals and clinics, clinical psychologists, and psychiatric social workers. Psychotherapy is presented not as an exact science but as a practical art, in which general principles of scientific derivation are interpreted in accordance with the judgment of the individual therapist as they apply to each patient. The greater part of the book is concentrated on therapy of the neuroses, but there is a chapter on the specific differences in the approach to neurotic and schizophrenic patients. The material throughout is illustrated by quotations from actual case reports.

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