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December 1960

Psychotherapies by Nonmedical Therapists

Author Affiliations

Portsmouth, Ohio
Staff physician, Portsmouth Receiving Hospital.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1960;3(6):590-592. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1960.01710060022004

There has been much controversy over the question by whom and how psychotherapy should be administered. Of the many pamphlets, articles, and books written on this subject, the one by Thomas S. Szasz, M.D. which appeared in the November, 1959, issue of the American Medical Association's Archives Of General Psychiatry has prompted me to set down these comments.1

The article by Dr. Szasz, ‟Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychology," seems, in general, to agree with the annual report for 1958 released by the Committee on Relations with Psychiatry of the American Psychological Association, which opposed the restriction of the role or practice of psychology and any movement toward such restriction.2

In the introductory paragraph Dr. Szasz tells us that the American Psychiatric Association, in close agreement with the American Psychoanalytic Association, has repeatedly released statements on the relationship of psychiatry and psychology over

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