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June 1941

A Review of the Psychoneuroses at Stockbridge.

Arch NeurPsych. 1941;45(6):1051. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1941.02280180163015

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This book is a study of the clinical records and a statistical analysis of the cases of patients treated at Stockbridge, Mass., between 1910 and 1934. The outstanding feature is an evaluation of the end results of treatment. Inasmuch as the study covers a twenty-five year period, the effect of changing forms of therapy is apparent. The report is for the most part based on clinical records, but these have been amplified by correspondence and follow-up visits. The project required three full years for completion, and the devoted and painstaking work of the authors is evidenced in this review.

The individual case reports are few, but the conclusions are based on a summary of 1,060 cases out of a total of 5,300. The report is rich in details which illustrate the dynamic interrelations of personality factors. In general, the cases represented psychoneurotic conditions, for Dr. Riggs's practice for many years