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"In a psychiatric era in which biological reductionism runs rampant, this impressive new volume by Michael Robbins demands attention. With erudition, grace, and sophistication, he reminds us that persons with schizophrenia live out their lives in an internal psychological world that cries out for understanding. Although a psychoanalyst, the author avoids the trap of privileging psychology over biology. With an extraordinary command of the literature and superb scholarship, he compellingly demonstrates the importance of thinking pluralistically about the treatment of schizophrenia. Robbins is one of a handful of clinicians who has devoted his professional career to the intensive psychotherapeutic treatment of severely disturbed patients. This book, the crowning achievement of his life's work, should be read and re-read by all clinicians who work with psychotically disturbed patients." --Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., Medical Director, C. F. Menninger Memorial Hospital
"In this very important and timely work, Michael Robbins offers us the harvest of a long, dedicated, and unusual career in the psychoanalytic treatment of schizophrenic patients. He candidly offers his failures and credibly presents his successes and shows his unusual gift for integrating a psychoanalytic model of understanding and treatment with neurobiological, social, and psychological perspectives. His work constitutes a clarion call to revive interest in an all but lost focus of treatment, and he offers his long, hard-won experience to support his message." --James Grotstein, M.D.
"Dr. Robbins documents his extraordinary experience in this therapeutic realm with engrossing narrative, gripping candor, and eloquent scholarly perspective. The data is timeless and provides an uncommon text for personal or group study in the assessment of psychotherapy's role in the long-term treatment of schizophrenia." --Sheldon Roth, M.D., Harvard Medical School
"At long last, we have a book integrating the perspectives of every relevant discipline about the conundrum of schizophrenia! Michael Robbins writes with passion and clarity; EXPERIENCES OF SCHIZOPHRENIA is destined to be the standard reference of this decade for clinicians ready to do reparative work with patients who suffer from this syndrome. In addition to splendid case reports illustrating a variety of outcomes, Robbins offers a persuasive clinical theory explicating the pathogenesis of schizophrenia, including biological, psychological, and familial determinants. This is essential reading for those of us concerned with developing a comprehensive theory of mental functions." --John E. Gedo, M.D.