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September 1958

The Clinical Application of Projective Drawings

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1958;80(3):401-402. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1958.02340090137027

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This 688 page book fills a much-needed gap in presenting a comprehensive survey of drawing techniques used to study personality. To this point, there have existed only a few creditable publications on specific drawing tests, or superficial chapters in books surveying the projective techniques. In presenting the basic technique of Machover's Draw-A-Person Test and numerous variants of it, plus illustrations of their applications, Hammer has added substantially to the status of the drawing technique as a clinical tool.

Author-editor Hammer calls his book "clinical," in the sense that it is aimed at "the practicing clinician and the clinician-in-training." One of the main purposes of the book is to demonstrate the usefulness of this projective technique as an economical diagnostic method in actual practice and as an adjunct to psychotherapy. In general, this purpose is accomplished.

Hammer's collaborators include the foremost authorities in the field of drawing techniques and allied projective

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