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June 1966

Effective Psychotherapy: The Contribution of Hellmuth Kaiser.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;14(6):669-670. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730120109027

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This is an interesting and thought-provoking book. It consists of the only three papers on psychotherapy written in English by Hellmuth Kaiser, a lay analyst with a PhD in mathematics and philosophy from Munich. The two shorter papers have been published previously in Psychiatry, but the longer paper, his major contribution, has never before been published. In fact, it had been turned down by no less than 19 publishers, and even then was accepted only on condition that the author revise it drastically. His death intervened, and now Dr. Fierman does us a service by providing us with this controversial work by Kaiser, with an afterword and evaluation by the editor, and a biographical foreword by Allen J. Enelow, MD and Leta Mckinney Adler, PhD.

The shorter papers demonstrate Dr. Kaiser's theoretical orientation nicely. One is in the form

of a dialogue. The longer work is written in the form

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