January 1962

Thinking and Psychotherapy: An Inquiry Into the Processes of Communication.

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By Harley C. Shands, M.D. Price, $5.75. Pp. 319. Harvard University Press, Cambridge 3, Mass., 1960.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;6(1):103. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1962.01710190105014

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Too infrequently there appears, among the plethora of books published, one that stands out from all the rest by virtue of its impact on a complacent group. Harley Shands has written such a book which, as Stanley Cobb states in a foreword, "makes things click."

The author's range of knowledge and experience is extraordinarily extensive, and his capacity to synthesize concepts and data from a wide variety of scientific approaches and eventually from the operations of psychotherapy is unusual in this age of specialization. The synthetic or, as some would suggest, the philosophical is badly needed in view of the contemporary piling up of so-called "facts." Attempts at achieving a unified theory of human behavior until now, and perhaps for generations to come, have been unsuccessful, but in one volume written by one man a valiant effort has been made.

It has taken a long time for this reviewer

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