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August 19, 1974

Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: 36 Systems

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Hospital Lexington, Ky

JAMA. 1974;229(8):1111. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230460061032

Active Psychotherapy, edited by Harold Greenwald, 384 pp, with illus, $12.50, Jason Aronson, 1974.

When Harper's Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: 36 Systems was first published in 1959, it deservedly became a classic. Among the numerous books on psychotherapy, it served its function as a guide to the constantly expanding smorgasbord of psychotherapies. By now, almost a generation of psychiatrists, psychologists, and counselors of other disciplines have benefited from the instructive and clear chapters that discuss the development of psychoanalysis and its practice, as well as from the rest of the book that presents a "what's what in psychotherapy" in the past and present. The last chapter contains an overview, organizing the different schools into affective- or emotionallyoriented therapies and cognitive- or intellectually-oriented therapies. The author points out some major changes in the mental health field, such as the gradual erosion of psychoanalysis as the one and only therapy, by such upstarts