August 15, 1966

An Introduction to Dynamic Psychiatry

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by C. Knight Aldrich, ed 2; 392 pp, 22 illus, $12.50, New York: Blakiston Division, McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1966.

JAMA. 1966;197(7):595. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110070119043

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Still another book on psychiatry! In these days when we are all experiencing an information input overload, an author must have very good reason to add to the literature. Knight Aldrich has such good reason, for An Introduction to Dynamic Psychiatry is a superb short introduction to modern psychodynamic thinking. Indeed, for certain audiences—the internist, the general practitioner, the pediatrician, in fact, anyone who has occasion to function as a family physician—this may well be the best work now available. Remarkably readable, filled with fascinating illustrative clinical vignettes, the book leads the reader with deceptive ease through the whole complex body of psychodynamic psychiatry. Clinical considerations are uppermost throughout, and at the end one is left with the experience of having been counselled in some of the most important aspects of medical practice by a wise and humane physician.

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