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Dynamically Oriented Art Therapy: Its Principles and Practice

John R. Curtis, MD
JAMA. 1967;199(11):864-865. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120110136044.
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Last year in a book review for this Journal (196:462 [May 2] 1966 ), I made the comment that there was "still a need for a definitive book on the subject of mental patient art." Dynamically Oriented Art Therapy: Its Principle and Practice, by Margaret Naumburg goes a long way toward fulfilling this need. It is an excellent book with numerous illustrations—the color plates being especially dramatic—and a well written text. The author has had years of experience with art therapy and has previously published on the subject.

The book is divided into two sections: the introduction and case studies. The introduction, encompassing 47 of the 165 pages, is a superb, concise text for teaching the techniques of dynamically oriented art therapy.

The author discusses her experience in the development of art therapy. Indicative of Miss Naumberg's understanding of the subject is the statement that "art therapy is based on


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