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March 23, 1970

Case Studies in Schizophrenia

JAMA. 1970;211(12):2019. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170120063025

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Do not let the title scare you away from this valuable book. True, it is a report of seven severe cases of schizophrenia, but the cases are so varied, so carefully studied, and so well reported and discussed that it is much more worth reading than mere case reports.

Dr. Schulz was a psychiatrist and Mrs. Kilgalen a nurse at the private hospital where Frieda Fromm-Reichmann worked, when they treated the patients described herein. Their work shows the influence of Fromm-Reichmann but is no mere imitation of hers. The patients were mostly young, intelligent, well-educated to the point where mental illness interfered with their education, and from families in comfortable economic circumstances. When the patients started treatment, all were very sick—mute, assaultive, self-destructive, or confused. Several had been in other hospitals. Their therepy, which usually lasted several years, was primarily intensive individual psychotherapy combined with good hospital care. As soon