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Book and Media Reviews
June 20, 2012

The Psychotherapy of Hope: The Legacy of Persuasion and Healing

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

Author Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (Walter_Brown@brown.edu).

JAMA. 2012;307(23):2548-2549. doi:10.1001/jama.307.23.2548-b

Jerome Frank (1909-2005) began his groundbreaking studies of psychotherapy in the late 1940s and started publishing his results over the next decade. Persuasion and Healing, his book about psychotherapy, first appeared in 1961; later editions arrived in 1973, and his daughter Julia B. Frank began serving as coeditor in 1991. Persuasion and Healing, grounded in meticulous observation and research, describes the entire psychotherapy enterprise, depicts the processes involved in psychotherapy, and offers what is still the most compelling explanation of how psychotherapy works and for whom.