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October 1946

Principles of Dynamic Psychiatry.

Arch NeurPsych. 1946;56(4):488. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1946.02300210132016

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In this book, the second in a series of three (or more), Dr. Masserman intends to make clear to the student the mass of material rapidly accumulating which is being organized into what is known today as dynamic psychiatry. He succeeds well in the first part of the book, in which he discusses the development of behavioral theories, from the behaviorism of Watson to the psychoanalysis of Freud and the psychoanalysis as it is practiced today. The Gestalt conceptions, the Meyerian psychobiology, the Adlerian schools, the Horney group (albeit briefly dismissed), the Pavlovian reflexology and the descriptive formulations of Kraepelin and Bleuler, all are discussed and criticized. Dr. Masserman pays his respects to all of them but calmly drops small fragmentation bombs in their midst, picking up some of the pieces and emerging with his own "biodynamic formulations of behavior," which is his concept of the true dynamic psychiatry.