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When a rhetorician with a facile pen surveys a broad subject like psychotherapy and its philosophic background, the reviewer has no easy task. Prinzhorn calls his book "an attempt to clear the foundations" of psychotherapy. If one uses the standard of what positive contributions a book contains, if not in facts then at least in clear thinking and new perspectives, it would not be necessary to give this book very much attention. But there is a serious aspect to it. Not only psychiatrists, but also neurologists and internists are beginning to realize more and more the tremendous importance of psychotherapy for a very wide group of heterogeneous disorders. Psychotherapy itself, however, is as yet in a stage where different schools disagree with one another with no little vehemence, and where it is difficult to outline the most essential points for those who would know something about it. If, therefore, a
Psychotherapie: Voraussetzungen—Wesen-Grenzen. Arch NeurPsych. 1930;24(6):1299–1300. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220180196019
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