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January 1938

Concepts and Problems of Psychotherapy.

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By Leland E. Hinsie, M.D. Price, $2.75. Pp. 199, with 5 tables. New York: Columbia University Press, 1937.

Am J Dis Child. 1938;55(1):223. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1938.01980070232021

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Abstract

"The purpose of this book is to indicate the general conceptions that prevail with respect to the structure and functions of the mind, and to show as well as possible what influences these conceptions have had upon the problems of psychotherapy."

The author describes in an extremely clear, impersonal and scientific way the views of the outstanding schools of psychiatry, namely, psychoanalysis (Freud), psychobiology (Mayer), individual psychology (Adler) and analytic psychology (Jung). There are a chapter on the statistical evaluation of psychotherapeutic methods (by Dr. Carney Landis) and a chapter pointing out the nature of psychiatric problems.

In the discussions of the different therapeutic approaches commonly used in psychiatry, the author has given many valuable impressions of the validity and shortcomings of the various schools, showing by direct comparisons their similarities and dissimilarities. Finally, he indicates authoritatively the present state of psychiatric knowledge.

The material is presented in a logical

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