The Book of Psychiatric Books / Edition 1

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This volume consists of critical reviews of the most important works in psychiatry ever published and excerpts from those works. For psychotherapy, more than any other profession, books define the field. Most therapists have a personal list of books that for them have been memorable, perhaps even mutative, in influencing their thinking and clinical practice. But in addition to such individual favorites, choices are made at different times by the larger society and by one's professional group. As a result, a particular book comes to be regarded for some time as the book of the moment, after which it either sinks into oblivion or passes into the respectability of acceptance as an essential part of any reference list. If it does survive for long, though, it will inevitably come to be seen rather differently over time. Starting in 1982, the editors, Drs. Sidney Crown and Hugh Freeman, commissioned respected scholars to contribute commentary on seminal books in the field to a series in the British Journal of Psychiatry called "Books Reconsidered." In most cases, the contributors themselves had known the books over a long period, so that their own personal development as professionals was intimately connected with the works themselves and how they have stood up to time and circumstance. This collection includes all "Books Reconsidered" pieces that were published between the inception of the series in 1982 and the opening months of 1992. The editors have tried to cover as many fields as possible that are relevant to psychiatry as a whole and to its subspecialties. Every mental health professional will find these critiques both interesting and stimulating.

Incl. critical reviews & excerpts from 37 renowned works in psychiatry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876685105
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 427
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Emile Durkeim: Suicide, A Study in Sociology: Reviewed 1
2 Sigmund Freud: The Interpretation of Dreams: Reviewed 9
3 Karl Jaspers: General Psychopathology: Reviewed 19
4 Anna Freud: The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defence: Reviewed 33
5 Otto Fenichel: The Psychoanalytical Theory of Neurosis: Reviewed 39
6 H. J. Eysenck: Dimensions of Personality: Reviewed 53
7 Eugen Bleuler: Dementia Praecox or the Group of Schizophrenias: Reviewed 63
8 Eugene Minkowski: La Schizophrenie: Reviewed 75
9 John Bowlby: Child Care and the Growth of Love: Reviewed 87
10 W. Mayer-Gross, E. Slater, and M. Roth: Clinical Psychiatry: Reviewed 93
11 Michael Balint: The Doctor, His Patient and the Illness: Reviewed 103
12 Joseph Wolpe: Psychotherapy by Reciprocal Inhibition: Reviewed 115
13 Kurt Schneider: Psychopathic Personalities: Reviewed 123
14 E. M. Jellinek: The Disease Concept of Alcoholism: Reviewed 133
15 J. D. Frank: Persuasion and Healing: Reviewed 145
16 Thomas S. Szasz: The Myth of Mental Illness: Reviewed 163
17 Carl Ransom Rogers: On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy: Reviewed 185
18 F. Kraupl Taylor: The Analysis of Therapeutic Groups: Reviewed 193
19 D. H. Malan: A Study of Brief Psychotherapy: Reviewed 203
20 R. D. Laing and A. Esterson: Sanity, Madness and the Family: Reviewed 215
21 Eric Berne: Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships: Reviewed 225
22 Ilza Veith: Hysteria: The History of a Disease: Reviewed 237
23 Sir Aubrey Lewis: Inquiries in Psychiatry, The State of Psychiatry, The Late Papers of Sir Aubrey Lewis: Reviewed 249
24 Charles Rycroft: A Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis: Reviewed 263
25 Isaac M. Marks: Fears and Phobias: Reviewed 275
26 William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson: Human Sexual Inadequacy: Reviewed 285
27 Henri E. Ellenberger: The Discovery of the Unconscious: The History and Evolution of Dynamic Psychiatry: Reviewed 291
28 Irvin D. Yalom: The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy: Reviewed 305
29 David J. Rothman: The Discovery of the Asylum: Reviewed 315
30 A. Bandura: Principles of Behavior Modification: Reviewed 325
31 C. M. Parkes: Bereavement: Studies of Grief in Adult Life: Reviewed 335
32 Otto Kernberg: Borderline Conditions and Pathological Narcissism: Reviewed 341
33 Edward O. Wilson: Sociobiology, the New Synthesis: Reviewed 355
34 Robin Skynner: One Flesh: Separate Persons: Reviewed 367
35 A. T. Beck: Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders: Reviewed 379
36 Murray Bowen: Family Therapy in Clinical Practice: Reviewed 389
37 Alice Coleman: Utopia on Trial: Reviewed 403
Credits 417
Index 421
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