February 1966

The Nature of Psychotherapy—A Critical Appraisal.

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By Karl Jaspers and translated by J. Hoenig and Marian W. Hamilton. Price, $1.50. Pp 52. Phoenix Books, the University of Chicago Press, 5750 Ellis Ave, Chicago 60637, 1965.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;14(2):222. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730080110016

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The name of Karl Jaspers is known and revered throughout the world. However only in 1963 was his Allgemeine Pathologie (General Psychopathology) translated from the German into English by Hoenig and Hamilton. Imbedded in this mammoth volume are two gems entitled "Psychotherapy" and "The Meaning of Medical Practice in Psychotherapy." The University of Chicago Press has wisely published these two sections together in a small paperbacked volume at a reasonable price. The contents are topical and include a consideration of the questions which serious students and teachers of psychotherapy are always raising. Psychotherapy is examined not from the view of its individually biased schools, but as a single contemporary phenomenon as one would expect from a psychiatrist philosopher. It is delightful reading and I strongly recommend that it be studied by everyone interested in psychotherapy. I suggest, as I am doing, that Directors of psychiatric training

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