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October 14, 1950

Treatment in Psychiatry

JAMA. 1950;144(7):596. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920070086057

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The author has emphasized the principle that all therapy should be directed at the treatment of the patient with a disease in lieu of the treatment of the disease entity itself. It is pointed out that fundamental factors involved must be discovered and treated but there are times when simple alleviation of symptoms has genuine value.

The author has not drawn his recommendations for treatment from any special school of therapy, but has endeavored to present for utilization whatever has been found of special value from research carried out from many different points of view. Viewpoint of function is given greatest stress. The mind is viewed from the functional aspect as "mentation." The book gives considerable attention to outlining the methods of study of the personality. Special methods of treatment, including suggestion, hypnosis, psychoanalytic procedures and various other psychotherapeutic procedures, including group psychotherapy and methods of child psychotherapy, are discussed

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