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April 1965

Maximizing Therapeutic Common Denominators of Ancillary Therapies

Author Affiliations

Kentucky Department of Mental Health, Psychologist.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;12(4):415-419. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01720340087013

A RECENT survey of ancillary therapies suggests that the current functions of many of these therapies are incongruent with the goals of a modern psychiatric hospital1 and offers impetus to the question as to whether these various therapies interact in the harmonious and complementary system for which they were intended. It is possible that there may be, as Frank2 has suggested, some common, underlying therapeutic value in all of the various therapies which may tend to become attenuated by the specialized techniques of each therapeutic procedure; or, conversely, it is possible that each contributes some independent dimension of therapeutic value to the overall treatment program, and the ultimate benefit is obviated to varying degrees by the injudicious utilization at a given time of the relative potential contributions of each of the various therapies.

The present paper represents an attempt to assess some of the factors

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