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May 12, 1956

The Fields of Group Psychotherapy

JAMA. 1956;161(2):181. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970020061026

This valuable compilation of 19 surveys describes in detail the use of group psychotherapy in the treatment of many psychiatric conditions in various settings. The book extends and brings up to date the description of the specific uses of group psychotherapy that was covered in a previous volume ("The Practice of Group Therapy," published in 1947), which was also edited by Mr. Slavson. Practically every condition and every field in which group psychotherapy has been used is covered in the present volume. The contributors, all of whom are recognized authorities in this field, bring a wealth of experience to the work. The use of group psychotherapy in mental and general hospitals, social agencies, child guidance clinics, and private practice is described. There are detailed descriptions of the treatment of many conditions with group psychotherapy. These include "psychosomatic disorders," addictions, alcoholism, stuttering, allergies, psychiatric illness of the aged, and delinquency. There

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