I have asked the privilege of speaking to this representative body of physicians in regard to rest treatment and psychotherapy. No book or important essay on this latter subject fails to deal also with a method which originating here has been everywhere accepted. Professor Barker wrote that "it has helped to bridge the gap between neurology and psychology." I feel free, therefore, to discuss in connection with psychotherapy that treatment of the minor neuroses which has been characterized as "most fertile in opportunities for psychic therapeutics."
You will, of course, understand that I am speaking of what in America is known as "Rest Treatment" and abroad by my own name; I never labeled it. This treatment gave to our art a definite basal method of treating disorders in which before its invention the treatment, too, was, to say the least, disorderly.
In 1888 it was said by an English physician1
MITCHELL SW. THE TREATMENT BY REST, SECLUSION, ETC., IN RELATION TO PSYCHOTHERAPY. JAMA. 1908;L(25):2033–2037. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310510001001
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