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Kaufman, M.R. (1943). A Review of the Psychoneuroses at Stockbridge: By Gaylord P. Coon and Alice F. Raymond. Stockbridge, Mass.: Austen Riggs Foundation, Inc., 1940. 295 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 12:114-118.

(1943). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 12:114-118

A Review of the Psychoneuroses at Stockbridge: By Gaylord P. Coon and Alice F. Raymond. Stockbridge, Mass.: Austen Riggs Foundation, Inc., 1940. 295 pp.

Review by:
M. Ralph Kaufman

Any attempt to evaluate the results of consistent psychotherapy is to be welcomed. This book by Coon and Raymond is such an evaluation of the treatment of certain types of psychoneuroses at Stockbridge. The work of Dr. Austen Riggs has for many years been of national repute, and of sufficient importance in Boston to earn mention in one of Marquand's books.

One thousand and sixty cases out of a total of five thousand three hundred admissions were selected. From these a small number were used for the case study. 'The pertinent data of each record were abstracted and fitted together in a manner permitting the demonstration of their dynamic interrelationships. Hereditary factors, early molding experiences, faulty attitudes and responses, environmental stresses and physical disabilities were picked out of each clinical record and assembled to create a moving, meaningful formulation which renders more intelligible the evolution of the patient's disorder and his special response to treatment' (p. xi). The type of patient taken for treatment was selected according to rather rigid criteria: 'The physical set-up and organization of facilities at Stockbridge require that patients manifest a coöperative spirit before they are finally accepted for treatment.

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