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August 21, 1967

Current Psychiatric Therapies

JAMA. 1967;201(8):644. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130080086043

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Among the many books which purport to keep the reader up to date and to cope with the "information explosion," one of the more satisfactory is this, the seventh in an annual series. The contributors, carefully selected to represent many points of view and different approaches to treatment, wrote succinct accounts of their own work for this book, which is therefore not merely a compilation of papers published elsewhere. The editor must have exerted firm pressure, since all the papers, despite the individual style, are direct, to the point, free of jargon, with a minimum of theoretical discussion, and omission of the usual rehash of the literature. Each has a short relevant bibliography.

Each chapter describes a recent experiment in treating some psychotic problem. A school program for disturbed children, art therapy, genetic counseling, hypnosis combined with lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) to treat narcotic addicts, several types of group therapy,