May 1938

Concepts and Problems of Psychotherapy.

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By Leland E. Hinsie, M.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University; Assistant Director, New York State Psychiatric Institute and Hospital. Preface by Nolan D. C. Lewis, Neurological Institute of New York. Price, $2.75. Pp. 199, with 1 chart and 5 tables. New York: Columbia University Press, 1937.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1938;61(5):843-844. doi:10.1001/archinte.1938.00180100153016

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Considering the numerous semipopular treatises written today, chiefly representing unhappy attempts to clarify the theories of Freud, it is a pleasant surprise to find a clear, concise though greatly abridged study of four modern methods of psychiatric therapy. In the first 154 pages of his book Hinsie attempts to present and evaluate these four concepts of psychotherapy, namely (1) the psychoanalysis of Freud, (2) the psychobiology of Meyer, (3) the individual psychology of Adler and (4) the analytic psychology of Jung. The major portion of the book is devoted to Freud's theories, many of which are simplified and explained for the benefit of the reader. The author gives favorable and unfavorable criticisms of each method of psychotherapy that he presents, based on his own clinical experience and on data from numerous other sources.

There is a chapter on the statistical evaluation of psychotherapeutic methods by Dr. Carney Landis, who admits

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