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January 9, 1967

Psychotherapy and the Behavioral Sciences: Contributions of the Biological, Psychological, Social and Philosophic Fields to Psychotherapeutic Theory and Process

Author Affiliations

New Brighton, Minn

JAMA. 1967;199(2):139. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120020133047

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Psychotherapists are often criticized as being unaware of the basic biological and social sciences. The primary purpose of this book is to fill this gap by summarizing and reviewing the "behavioral sciences." In addition it tries to help the psychotherapist integrate these contributions into his everyday practice. To accomplish these goals, the first 13 chapters consider individual fields, while the last hints at practical applications and future prospects.

The first part of the book reviews the biological sciences. The chapter on neurophysiology has only 15 pages, and the relating of one fact after another, as well as the undefined, specialized jargon, may overwhelm the novice. The chapter on biochemistry is easier to understand, and the section on psychoactive drugs is of little use to the clinician. While the chapter on genetics, behavior genetics, and ethology is brief, yet if reread several times, it will prove of general interest and pertinence.