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December 1962

Contemporary Psychotherapies.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;7(6):461-464. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1962.01720060073009

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Dr. Stein merits congratulations for fulfilling well two of his principal functions: selecting authoritative and articulate contributors to present their several fields and then ably editing their material to achieve a balanced volume, although exception might be taken to a chapter arrangement which still seems to imply that all techniques lead to the Ultima Thule of psychoanalysis. Nevertheless, the resulting book, though massive, is so rich and trenchant a commentary on current pretensions, practices, and polemics among therapists who work wonders with words that each contribution deserved at least a thematic review.

The editor's brief historical introduction necessarily neglects the rich heritage of self-knowledge and self-healing that man seems to have acquired throughout the ages, outside of any physician's direct supervision. Stein implies his own current bias toward existentialism, but quotes approvingly Meyer Maskin's observations that each psychiatric theoretician tends to overgeneralize from his special

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