July 1961

The List Method of Psychotherapy

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By Elizabeth Sher; Eleanor Messing; Theodora Hirschhorn; Enis Post; Annette Davis; Arthur Messing; Introduction by Jacob S. List. Price $7.50. Pp. 258, with 1 illustration. Philosophical Library, Inc., 15 East 40th St., New York 16, 1960.

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(1):165. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620070167025

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This book opens with a startling description of a new kind of "therapist." He or she is enlisted from the ranks of previous patients treated by the List method, and every author in this book is a former patient of Mr. List. These therapists-to-be go to college; most of them obtain a doctorate in Special Education, although exactly what this is is not clearly defined. The suggested courses are 15 in psychology, 15 in education, and 4 in guidance. Teaching is considered to be a necessary experience for therapists. This is certainly questionable preparation for one who is to treat sick people.

Every chapter makes excessive uses of quotes from "authority" to bolster points which have long been accepted, such as increasing warmth and activity on the part of the therapist, and as such are quite redundant. As a result, there is little room left for any description of what

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