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March 11, 1939

Psychotherapy

JAMA. 1939;112(10):1012. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800100122026

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Abstract

Although the general medical literature is well filled with monographs on treatment, the therapeutic approach to mental disease has been neglected. Except for one publication by Diethelm, which does not stress psychologic treatment, no recent volume attempts to cover the subject. There are, of course, numerous publications dealing with hypnosis, psychoanalysis, progressive relaxation and other forms of therapeusis of mental diseases, but an all inclusive manual on psychotherapy has been lacking up to now. To make such a volume worth while the author needs to be equipped with a deep understanding of the subject based on wide personal experience and thorough training. He should not be pinned down to a narrow field of interest such as psychoanalysis alone but should be psychoanalytically trained, combining such training with a good knowledge of neurology, general psychiatry, hospital care and treatment of the insane and near insane. His experience should be derived from

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