March 1964

Neurosis in the Family and Patterns of Psychosocial Defense: A Study of Psychiatric Epidemiology.

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By Jan Ehrenwald, MD. Price, $5.50. Pp 203. Harper & Row, Hoeber Medical Division, 49 E 33rd St, New York 16, 1963.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;10(3):320. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720210102016

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In this book Dr. Jan Ehrenwald, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with many years of clinical experience, discusses his psychotherapeutic experience underlying the importance of family setting to the psychodynamics of the individual. The book is divided into 14 chapters. Any attempt at describing the book's plan would fail, since the book is too loosely constructed to adhere to any tight outline. A multitude of theoretical ideas are put forth, along with interesting clinical anecdotes from the auhor's own experiences. It seems, if the reader tries to gather together the philosophical ends, that the author is attempting to illustrate how people interact in specific ways over and above their intrapsychic mechanisms. He delves into individual and family dynamics and patterns of psychosocial defenses. The reader is geven a glimpse of the author's therapeutic technique which is psychoanalytic in principle.

One especially interesting portion of the book is devoted to a description

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