April 1968

Introduction to Scientific Psychiatry.

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By H. A. Storrow, MD. Price, $6.95. Pp 256. Appleton-Century ,Crofts, 440 Park Ave S, New York 10016, 1967.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;18(4):507-508. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740040123016

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"Beware of the only child" is not the axiom of a proliferating family; it is, instead, a warning against dogged adherence to a cherished hypothesis. This exemplifies the satirical style employed by Dr. Storrow in his book Introduction to Scientific Psychiatry, devoted to the rationale and techniques of verbal behavior therapy.

Behavior therapy has recently commanded the attention of the mental health professions. Exciting reports of prolonged recoveries and a multitude of new techniques have emerged from this rapidly expanding field. The behavior therapist derides the psychoanalyst for lengthy treatment, being unscientific, and being preoccupied with insight as a vehicle for change. In the opposing camp, many psychoanalysts dismiss the behavior therapist as achieving only transference cures, defending against closeness, and oversimplifying complex problems. Dr. Storrow's book should partly assuage the proponents of both orientations, for he has combined aspects of

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