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September 1965

The Evaluation of Psychiatric Treatment.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(3):479. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870030159054

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Here is a book written by a number of men and two very able women, Lauretta Bender and Barbara Fish. As usually happens with books written by a number of people, the chapters are of unequal value, but some are excellent, such as chapter 9 by Lauretta Bender. For years she has studied childhood schizophrenia with an open mind, and she tells much about it in her presidential address. Dr. Freyhan is a very able man who discusses the psychopathological issues in judging the outcome of psychiatric treatment. Dr. Howard Davidman has an interesting chapter on the evaluation of psychoanalysis—a clinician's view. Unfortunately, the results of his study are not convincing. Dr. Franz Alexander, in his evaluation of psychotherapy, did not express himself as being at all hopeful of using statistical techniques. He thought the patients too different in their makeup to be studied statistically.

The chapters by Drs. Bender,

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