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March 26, 1960


Author Affiliations


Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1960;172(13):1343-1346. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020130001001

Physicians and surgeons in the future will be called on to do more psychotherapy than ever. Various methods of psychotherapy are available to the general practitioner: ventilation psychotherapy in repeated, unhurried interviews; supportive psychotherapy based on facts of physical examination and implemented by physiotherapy and hydrotherapy; manipulative psychotherapy, including occupational and recreational guidance; explanatory psychotherapy; and dynamic growth therapy. The case history of a patient with recurrent asthma and eczema illustrates the need for establishing basic human contact with patients. In many cases it is possible to achieve solid recovery without insight when enough time is allowed for the readjustment of the instinctive id and the social superego forces of the patient.