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February 1962

Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia: Some Theoretical and Practical Aspects

Author Affiliations

Member of the Faculty, William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;6(2):112-122. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1962.01710200004002

Although schizophrenic patients treated with psychotherapy constitute all over the world a small minority in comparison to those treated with various forms of physical therapy, their number is rapidly increasing.

This type of therapy is still in the pioneering stage, in spite of gigantic steps made in this field in the last few decades. This treatment is not yet fully organized and not entirely understood, since the "pioneers" and their followers have used different methods or have given different interpretations to their approaches.

In the first section of this paper a review will be made of the theoretical bases of the main methods. In the remaining sections an outline of the methodology adopted by the present author will be presented.

Review of the Theoretical Bases of the Main Methods  It is possible to recognize that each method adopted in the psychotherapy of schizo-phrenia is the

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