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February 1, 1965

Illness and Cure: Studies on the Philosophy of Medicine and Mental Health

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By Joost A. M. Meerloo. 282 pp. $8.75. Grune & Stratton, 381 Park Ave S, New York 36, 1964

JAMA. 1965;191(5):423. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080050069040

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Dr. Meerloo is a wise and thoughtful man. His works reflect not only a scholarly approach but also strong convictions and a keen awareness of current problems. Of psychoanalytic persuasion, Dr. Meerloo has pondered deeply as to the "why" of illness, and the "what" and the "how" of cure. In this volume he presents many penetrating insights into man and mankind.

The four major sections of the book are "Concepts of Disease," "Concepts of Concepts," "Concepts of Therapy," and "Concepts of Healing," each section being composed of many short essays. Dr. Meerloo discusses clinical epistemology, the ubiquity of ambivalence in human feeling and thinking, professional prejudices, the need to treat man as part of a social whole, the role of social influences, the problem of cure and pseudo-cure, and other comparable subjects.

Illness and Cure is not a book one can sit down and read through in one evening. At

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