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July 1949

Therapy Through Interview.

Arch NeurPsych. 1949;62(1):126. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1949.02310130132012

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Drawing on his experiences in twelve prewar years of general practice, Dr. Law, who has since specialized in psychiatry, has written this book "with a desire to aid physicians who find a need for psychotherapy in their practice," by passing on to them the results of his own struggle to attain skill in interviewing. That this is a needed and laudable endeavor no one can deny. That he does not completely succeed is to be expected, for the teaching of psychotherapy, especially technics of interviewing, is a fundamental, and as yet unsolved, problem in psychiatry. That he fails to the degree that he does is due not only to the scientific errors incidental to oversimplification but in great part to his appeasement of what his twelve years in general practice must also have indicated to him, namely, an antipathy of the general practitioner to psychiatry.

This attempt to make the

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