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February 1967

Modern Psychotherapeutic Practice: Innovations in Technique.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;16(2):257-258. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730200125025

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Arthur Burton, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Sacramento State College, Sacramento, Calif, has edited a book with the contributions of 16 psychotherapists. What is offered is an abridged report by these contributors of an active psychotherapeutic experience, either as therapist or consultant.

It is broken up into 14 sections, regrouped under the broader categories of Schizophrenic Reactions, Depressive Reactions, Neurotic and Character Disorders, Psychophysical Reactions, Homosexual reactions, and finally, Existence Reactions.

These collections of cases largely provide the bulk of this 399-page work. Each case study has been organized by its contributor and generally gives background information, statements as to the contributor's orientation, and pertinent thoughts necessary to introduce the case selected. The heavily narrative history, interspersed with interactional "quotes," is usually followed by an addendum whereby ten questions are asked of the therapist. The questions set the stage

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