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Article
August 1952

CAN THE DERMATOLOGIST DO PSYCHOTHERAPY?

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1952;66(2):180-190. doi:10.1001/archderm.1952.01530270038005
Abstract

THE PURPOSE of this report is to propose an answer to the question: Can the dermatologist do psychotherapy? We—one a psychiatrist and the other a dermatologist—have worked in more or less close association for several years and have concluded that the answer to this question is a qualified "Yes." In the present report we shall attempt to specify and illustrate the important qualifications which we attach to our affirmative answer: (1) qualifications for the dermatologist; (2) qualifications for the patient; (3) qualifications for the psychotherapy.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE DERMATOLOGIST

The dermatologist who asks, "Can I do psychotherapy?'' must first ask himself this question: "Do I enjoy helping people to resolve emotional problems, or is it a burden for me to provide this kind of service for patients ?'' We doubt that a physician could do a good job of psychotherapy if he despised what he was doing. On the other hand,

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