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May 26, 1962

Psychiatric Social Work: A Transactional Case Book

JAMA. 1962;180(8):705. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050210067032

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In an era that has witnessed a marked decrease in published reports of clinical therapeutic practice, this book comes as a most welcome and valuable contribution to clinical literature. The report is the result of a 10-year examination of practice in an outpatient psychiatric clinic by 4 social workers and an experienced psychiatric practitioner. The reason for the decline of such clinical studies is not hard to discern. The past decade has witnessed the rise of empirical, clinical investigations, and a concerted effort to construct theories of personality that conform more closely to the canons of scientific method. In such a climate, reports of their practice by clinicians who have lacked this theoretical sophistication, or whose observations could not always be expressed in chi squares and probability tables have received little attention. Most clinicians were aware that there was need for more careful formulations of personality theory. Yet as time