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May 1967

The Doctor's Personality and Social Recovery of Schizophrenics

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;16(5):633-639. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730230117014

THIS STUDY considers personality factors bearing on the therapeutic effectiveness of physician interns manning a busy emergency psychiatric service. Particularly, we have looked at competence in the brief care of schizophrenic patients. The well-known investigations of Betz and Whitehorn similarly sought to determine "what makes a difference" in the treatment of this type of patient.1-3 Among their noteworthy findings at the Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic was a picture of the effective resident therapist as an active, flexible, giving, and participating person. They identified among their more successful doctors a Strong Vocational Interest Inventory pattern in common with those of successful lawyers and certified public accountants, and at odds with those of mathematics and science teachers and printers. The circumstances of the following study present restrictions in time and in apparent "resources." Nevertheless, observations of patient and physician in a

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