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May 1969

Curent Psychiatric Therapies, vol 3.

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Edited by Jules H. Masserman, MD. Price, $9.75. Grune & Stratton, Inc., 381 Park Ave S, New York 10016, 1963.

Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(5):607-608. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300150125033

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Ferment in the field of psychiatric treatment may be more apparent than real from reading this survey. A glance at the table of contents reveals reports and studies on existential therapy, dual analysis (two therapists, one patient), LSD to "blow your mind" and then pick up the pieces, and marathon group sessions for about the same purpose, including the mind and acting-out impulses of the therapist. Some have tried various combinations of group therapy for married couples and whole families, all mixed up with each other and stirred up by megalomanic therapists. But the real progress in psychiatric treatment is advancing more quietly at the core, toward psychodynamic understanding of special problems and more coherent theories of techniques of treatment.

It is easy to lose patience with the field of psychiatric treatment, and only for that reason does one leave the mainstream to seek a new school or a fresh

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