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The Technique of Psychotherapy

Samuel Friedman, MD
JAMA. 1967;202(11):1059. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130240101034.
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We welcome the second edition of this fine text, even though no outstanding advances in the art or science of psychotherapy have appeared since its first publication in 1954. From extensive experience and enormous empathy, Dr. Wolberg has fashioned an exhaustive treatise which stands in the forefront of its field. Save possibly for the undue length of the chapter, "Who Can Do Psychotherapy," this book can scarcely be faulted. Inevitably, some degree of repetition occurs, but in the main, this merely adds appropriate emphasis to the presentation.

Preliminary chapters, dealing with theoretical concepts, include an excellent, succinct review of various "schools" of psychotherapy, ranging from classical Freudian analysis to existentialism and beyond. In the sections on technique, the heart of the matter, Wolberg leads us by the hand, or mind, through each phase of treatment, beginning with the first greeting of the patient to the initial interview, the establishment of


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