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Sandler, J. (1955). Survey of Clinical Practice in Psychology: Edited by Eli A. Rubenstein and Maurice Lorr. (New York: International Universities Press, 1954. Pp. 363. $6.00.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 36:419-420.

(1955). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 36:419-420

Survey of Clinical Practice in Psychology: Edited by Eli A. Rubenstein and Maurice Lorr. (New York: International Universities Press, 1954. Pp. 363. $6.00.)

Review by:
Joseph Sandler

The title of this book is somewhat misleading, especially to those who use the term 'psychology' in a fairly broad sense. It is an account of the work carried out by non-medical clinical psychologists in the United States. The first emotion aroused on reading it is one of surprise that there are so many wide and varied fields in which clinical psychologists are working. There are 27 chapters, each written by an expert, describing the work of psychologists in their own institutions or specialities. University and psychiatric clinics, the armed forces, clinics for alcoholics, the aged, and for student counselling; courts and prisons, rehabilitation centres, schools, and clinics for hearing, reading, and speech difficulties are all described. There clearly can be no such thing as a 'general practitioner' psychologist. He is inevitably a specialist, and must very often reach a high degree of professional competence.

The book gives a useful indication of the immense amount of work—including therapy—undertaken by psychologists in their various fields. Psycho-analysts will be disappointed at the very small amount of analytic training of any sort undergone by psychologists working with clinical material. The wealth of organizational detail given makes the work very useful for anyone who has to organize a department or clinic in any of the specialities discussed.

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Sandler, J. (1955). Survey of Clinical Practice in Psychology.

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