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December 3, 1932

Outwitting Our Nerves: A Primer of Psychotherapy.

JAMA. 1932;99(23):1975. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740750077038

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Dr. Jackson belongs uncompromisingly to the Freud school of psychology. To her, large percentages of all the ills to which flesh is heir are of neurotic origin, and some types of disturbance she regards as almost wholly neurotic. While she admits the possibility of neuroses caused by repressed factors, other than those concerned with the love-life of the individual, she has never seen one due to any of the other theoretically possible causes, except war neuroses. Those who subscribe whole-heartedly to the freudian doctrine will find Dr. Jackson's book useful. Those who acknowledge that freudism has its elements of truth, but who consider that the Austrian psychologist has gone too far, will accept Dr. Jackson's book with reservations. Aside from the underlying freudian philosophy, the book is full of good hard common sense. It is sometimes brutal in its unmasking of the neurotic person's self deception, but perhaps such heroic

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