December 1964

Adolescent in Psychotherapy.

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By Donald J. Holmes, MD. Price, $9.50. Pp 328. Little, Brown & Co., 34 Beacon St, Boston, Mass 02106, 1964.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;11(6):678-679. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720300108015

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Dr. Holmes contributes a valuable and exciting addition to the rapidly mushrooming psychiatric literature pertaining to the adolescent. Books like Balser's Psychotherapy of the Adolescent (1957) and Lorand and Schneer's Adolescent: Psychoanalytic Approach to Problems and Therapy (1961) represent contributions by many authors. Dr. Holmes alone has undertaken the Herculean task of preparing the more cohesive and more closely related sequences that multiple authors, writing about specific and separate topics, cannot achieve.

The book is divided into three parts. The first portion is entitled "Adolescents Adults and Psychotherapists"; the second, "Individual Psychotherapy"; and the third, "Residential Treatment for Disturbed Adolescents." The lucid highly descriptive language is replete with fascinating yet appropriate figures of speech; the simplicity and clarity make for easy and delightful reading. Explanations are enhanced by pertinent case material that obviates a need for further elaboration and illustration. Some of the descriptions of verbal

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