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July 27, 1957

The Doctor, His Patient and the Illness

JAMA. 1957;164(13):1519-1520. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980130095026

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In Great Britain "a large number of psychiatrists are either hostile to any kind of psychotherapy... or if they are not hostile they are interested only in physical methods, such as shock treatments, brain operations, and the ever increasing number of drugs." Yet "the more one learns of the problems of general practice, the more impressed one becomes with the immense need for psychotherapy." This new book is directed essentially to the resolution of this frustratingly paradoxical situation.

Avowedly, it is a critical report on a research project conducted at The Tavistock Clinic by a team of 14 practitioners and a psychiatrist who met once weekly for two or three years to study "the pharmacology of the drug 'doctor.' " In effect, however, the book is much more than a research report. It presents an instructive number of treatment records, submitted by the participating physicians, each record showing what the physician

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