Application of Psychoanalytical Principles to the Treatment of In-Patients in Mental Hospitals. W. Clifford M. Scott. Pp. 767–772.
The Application of Psychoanalytical Principles to the Hospital In-Patient. E. Stengel. Pp. 773–781.
The titles specify the general subject discussed by three British authors. Rickman emphasizes the basic importance of the transference situation, complicated
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with in-patients by the presence of staff doctors other than the therapist. Rickman's accurate but scanty remarks hardly indicate his long and manifold experience with such problems.
Scott reports the psychoanalytic treatment, lasting several hundred hours, of a young, female, 'manic-depressive' in-patient who recovered and has remained well for ten years.
Stengel gives a personal account of how psychoanalysis has helped him with clinical work in mental hospitals. He sketches its value as a therapy and as a point of view in understanding the abnormal behavior and symptoms of the in-patient.
After discounting a 'we-do-it-better' bias, the impression still lingers that the American literature contains superior and more comprehensive expositions on this topic.
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