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August 9, 1941

Psychotherapy: Treatment That Attempts to Improve the Condition of a Human Being by Means of Influences That Are Brought to Bear Upon His Mind

JAMA. 1941;117(6):493. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820320085026

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"Treatment that attempts to improve the condition of a human being by means of influences that are brought to bear upon his mind." The promise of a broad and eclectic point of view given by this definition is borne out by Barker's book on psychotherapy. The treatise is not a lengthy one. There are nine chapters, a glossary, a bibliography and an index. The first chapter contributes several adequate descriptive definitions of psychotherapy. The second chapter recounts and describes the steps that are necessary in order to arrive at diagnostic shaping conclusions; the third indicates how the acquired information may be utilized in forging effective psychotherapeutic weapons; the fourth chapter suggests the particular trends that may be imparted to psychotherapy by reason of a scrutiny of heredity and environment. The fifth chapter discusses in fifty-one pages more than fifteen methods of psychotherapy. The chapter reveals both the assets and the

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