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September 1971

Current Psychiatric Therapies, vol 10.

Author Affiliations

Nashville, Tenn

 

Edited by Jules H Masserman, MD. Price, $14.75. Pp 339. Grune & Stratton Inc, 757 Third Ave, New York 10017, 1970.

Arch Intern Med. 1971;128(3):479. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310210155036

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Abstract

As the editor of this volume notes in his "Preface to a Decennial," Current Psychiatric Therapies each year has chapters by "three- or four-score authorities in various modes of psychiatric therapy (who) have been invited to submit brief reviews of the latest developments in their respective fields and a response of their significant contributions." This year they cover five sections dealing with child therapy, adult techniques, therapy of addictive and deprivation states, institutional therapies, and community therapy.

The most useful chapters have to do with the treatment of alcohol withdrawal states in which several authors present their therapeutic methods, allowing the reader to compare and evaluate various approaches. Some contributions in other sections suffer from too much brevity, lack of references, lack of scientific validation, and "shotgun" approaches with no consideration of underlying etiological factors. Note for example this comment on the use of lithium carbonate:

Because the word anxiety

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