November 1967

The Betrayal of the Body.

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By Alexander Lowen, MD. Price, $6.95. Pp 307. The Macmillan Co., 60 Fifth Ave, New York, 1967.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;17(5):635-636. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730290123016

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This book should be read by all psychiatrists—at least its first 30 pages; after that, they should decide for themselves.

It is rather refreshing that in this latter part of the 20th century a psychiatrist should come forth to remind his colleagues that the patients they treat do have bodies, that the bodies can be looked at, touched, smelled, or just simply acknowledged, and that the "betrayal of the body" is truly at the root of most psychopathologies. Dr. Lowen's position is refreshing indeed, considering that psychiatrists, whose medical training oriented them so fully to paying attention to the human body, make it a fetishistic point to give up the body for the mind as soon as they start their psychiatric residency. But Dr. Lowen's position is not only refreshing; it is also paradoxical. It is based on the somewhat simple, but long-standing, idea of

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