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September 1959

Group Psychotherapy—Theory and Practice.

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1959;1(3):347-348. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1959.03590030131019

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Second Edition. By Jacob M. Klapman. M.D. Price, $6.75. Pp. 301. Grune & Stratton, Inc., 381 Fourth Ave., New York 16, 1959.

Dr. Klapman has attempted the difficult job of reviewing the field of group psychotherapy in such a way as to convince the reader of the validity of his particular group psychotherapeutic approach. He presents group therapy on a scale ranging from the “repressive inspirational techniques,” as represented by Christian Science, AA, and Dr. Lowe’s Recovery, to the analytically oriented group therapy, as practiced by Drs. Schilder, Bender, and others. He emphasizes the important role the former techniques have played, especially in intramural psychiatry and in relationship to the more disturbed group of patients. Dr. Klapman feels that similar techniques should be further utilized by therapists whose personalities fit such methods. He himself prefers pedagogical group therapy, utilizing a specially prepared text as a stimulus to group interaction. The

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