[Book Reviews]

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    DR. MILLER is to be congratulated on a very readable and concise work. He does not unduly stress only one aspect of the subject, as so many modern writers do; but provides us with a well-balanced summary of the three main schools of psychoanalytic thought. The author takes a very sensible attitude towards the treatment of the psychoses by psycho-analysis. Although psychoanalytic theory may explain the mechanism of a great many psychotic symptoms, it does not explain their cause and certainly does not supply a useful therapy. The author wisely points out that “full understanding can only come through personal contact with cases and through sympathetic understanding of what are very real and very painful disorders”. Psychological medicine is not learnt in the laboratory with the experimental psychologists; but in the infinitely more difficult school of contact with life and its problems.

    Modern Psychotherapy.

    Emanuel

    Miller

    . (Modern Treatment Series.) Pp. 131. (London: Jonathan Cape, Ltd., 1930.) 5s. net.

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    [Book Reviews]. Nature 127, 969 (1931). https://doi.org/10.1038/127969c0

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