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January 1947


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By J. L. Moreno, M.D. Volume 1. Price, $6. Pp. 424. New York: Beacon House, Inc., 1946.

Arch NeurPsych. 1947;57(1):136. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1947.02300240152017

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This is volume 1 of a series of three volumes on psychodrama written by the creator of the art, Dr. J. L. Moreno. The other two volumes are in the process of publication. It is the first organized compilation of facts, figures, diagrams and theories explaining the basis for this form of therapeutics. Those who have seen Dr. Moreno in action wonder how he was capable of boiling down his explanation of psychodrama to three volumes. He has so much to say that, by his own admission, three volumes is but a compromise. If one considers the innumerable ramifications of his theory and practice, one can understand the enormousness of the task.

It is the function of psychodrama to record on a stage the drama of the patient's life in all its normal, neurotic or psychotic interrelations. Psychodrama, in contradistinction to the verbiage of psychoanalysis, uses the drama itself, with