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July 1963

Principles of Dynamic Psychiatry.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(1):140. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860010166022

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This provocative volume provides an orientative introduction to the principles of modern dynamic psychiatry. The text is divided into three sections. In part one Dr. Masserman defines the scope of psychiatry and presents a succinct critique of the various theories of behavior. In part two the author reformulates and integrates these theories into a biodynamic organ of behavior. In part three one finds a cogent analysis of the various methods of influencing behavior which are integrated into a holistic concept of dynamic psychiatry.

This is not just another book on psychiatry but a penetrating and systematic study of clinical psychiatry. The house that Freud built plus the rooms that Sullivan, Fromm, and other neo-Freudians added can be examined and evaluated with the aid of Masserman's colorful metaphors. The author introduces the concept of biodynamics which he feels is a resynthesis of behavior theory. This concept is defined as "the historical,

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