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The Congress of Psychotherapeutists
The Allgemeine ärztliche Gesellschaft für Psychotherapie, which comprises all groups and schools of medical psychotherapy, held its previous meetings in Baden-Baden and Bad Nauheim; but, this year, the congress was held in Dresden, May 14-17, in order to give the members an opportunity to visit the International Hygienic Exposition. Dresden, some hundred years ago, was a center of the psychotherapeutic movement; it was the scene of action of Carl Gustav Carus, whose creative and versatile mind recognized the great importance of psychic influences in the genesis and healing of morbid processes. As a practicing physician, he formulated concepts that were not fully understood and appreciated until recent years. In the spirit of Carus, who was an intimate acquaintance of Goethe, the modern scientists there assembled sought to extend the field of psychotherapy. This endeavor found its expression in the first paper presented, which dealt with "The
BERLIN. JAMA. 1931;97(6):402–403. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730060040020
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