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October 14, 1974

Theory and Therapy In Dynamic Psychiatry

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JAMA. 1974;230(2):284. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240020072034

Revised and expanded from an earlier edition, fortified with recent developments and forty-eight case histories, the book is intended as a brief, inclusive, and integrative introduction to psychology and psychiatry for professional students and those interested in dynamic behavior and treatment.

Concepts of personality, disorder, disease, and therapy cover nine pages. Experimental approaches use 19 pages. Interview techniques and diagnostic objectives require 18 pages. Psychiatric therapies need 64 pages. Under the title of "Past, Present, and Future," 39 pages are devoted to "UR-defenses," Freud and psychoanalysis, and Erikson's concepts. Modern modes of therapy use 25 pages. A glossary of terms, references, bibliography, and indexes complete the volume.

Given to explaining word derivations, summaries of major philosophies (each in one line), and liberal "running" comment on the entire scene, the book is Masserman! Discussing "formal therapies" and their theoretical formulations as "scarcely worth the effort," and "only partially and temporarily effective,"