American Therapy: The Rise of Psychotherapy in the United States

American Therapy: The Rise of Psychotherapy in the United States

by Jonathan Engel

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American Therapy: The Rise of Psychotherapy in the United States by Jonathan Engel

From Freud to Zoloft, the first comprehensive history of American Psychotherapy

Fifty percent of Americans will undergo some form of psychotherapy in their lifetimes, but the origins of the field are rarely known to patients. Yet the story of psychotherapy in America brims with colorful characters, intriguing experimental treatments, and intense debates within this community of healers.

American Therapy begins, as psychotherapy itself does, with the monumental figure of Sigmund Freud. The book outlines the basics of Freudian theory and discusses the peculiarly powerful influence of Freud on the world of American mental health. The book moves through the emergence of group therapy, the rise of psychosurgery, the evolution of uniquely American therapies such as Gestalt, rebirthing, and primal scream therapy, and concludes with the modern world of psychopharmacology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and highly targeted short-term therapies.

For a counseled nation that freely uses terms such as “emotional baggage” and no longer stigmatizes mental health care, American Therapy is a remarkable history of an extraordinary enterprise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440629785
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2008
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 414 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jonathan Engel holds a Ph.D. in the history of science and medicine from Yale, and has written extensively about the historical development of U.S. medicine and health policy. His previous books are Doctors and Reformers: Discussion and Debate Over Health Policy 1925-1950, Poor People’s Medicine: Medicaid and American Charity Care Since 1965, and The Epidemic: A Global History of AIDS. A professor of health care policy and management at Seton Hall University, he lives in New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Preface IX

1 Freud 1

2 Orthodoxy and Pragmatism 19

3 A Crying Need 43

4 Thinking 76

5 Alcohol 109

6 Psychological Society 132

7 Narcissism 167

8 Narcotics 195

9 Psychoanalysis in Decline 218

10 Biology 340

Afterword 255

Acknowledgments 263

Notes 265

Bibliography 307

Index 341

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"Studded with fascinating tidbits [...] The story Engel does tell is plenty interesting and his conflicting view of Freudianism well worth absorbing." - The New York Times Book Review

"A thorough yet concise history of the talking cure. [...] A capable explanation of a complicated field." -Kirkus Reviews

"An authoritative, readable book, this is highly recommended for large general libraries and collections in health and social science." -Library Journal

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