April 1966

Psychotherapy With Schizophrenics

Author Affiliations

From Baylor University College of Medicine, Houston. On leave from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;14(4):346-351. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730100010002

THE PAST decades have seen a revolutionary change in the whole approach to schizophrenia, an open-minded and optimistic willingness to reevaluate old convictions and prejudices, and to try new possibilities. Psychotherapy represents only one aspect of this new development, but one that has been of significant leadership. This is reflected in the fact that Harry Stack Sullivan's pioneer writings on psychotherapy in schizophrenia, of more than 30 years ago, have recently been republished as a book under the title Schizophrenia as a Human Process.1

The psychotherapeutic approach has come of age insofar as it is no longer the special domain of a few highly motivated and devoted therapists who on the basis of their own unusual human and artistic giftedness had the courage to approach patients who had been considered inaccessible to psychotherapy. Nowadays every psychiatrist wants and needs the opportunity to work with

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