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October 1958

Psychotherapy of Chronic Schizophrenic Patients

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1958;80(4):530-531. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1958.02340100130028

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This volume represents an attempt on the part of seven psychiatrists and one anthropologist to report a series of bull sessions devoted to discussing their extensive clinical experience with schizophrenia, and some summarization by the editor. The discussion roams from diagnosis, dynamics, communication, effect, cause, and cure to the special problems of the therapist treating severely disturbed patients. Addressing themselves to the question of psychosis, this group seems to go through stages paralleling the experiencing of the "therapeutic psychosis," as described by Whitaker and Malone in "The Roots of Psychotherapy" (New York, The Blakiston Company, 1953). In the course of their ramblings, everything becoms psychosis: All children are born psychotic; all therapists are psychotic or have a need to become more psychotic; all patients need to become more psychotic before they can become less psychotic. By immersing themselves in what seems to be psychopathologic exchange, where no one answers anyone