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Gill, H. (1965). An Index of Rorschach Responses. Studies on the Psychological Characteristics of Medical Students Vol. 1: By C. B. Thomas, D. C. Ross, and E. S. Freed. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1964. Pp. xliii + 741. £6.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 46:399.
  

(1965). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 46:399

An Index of Rorschach Responses. Studies on the Psychological Characteristics of Medical Students Vol. 1: By C. B. Thomas, D. C. Ross, and E. S. Freed. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1964. Pp. xliii + 741. £6.)

Review by:
H. Gill

The authors used the Rorschach test as part of their 'Study of the Precursors of Hypertension and Coronary Disease'. The subjects of the study were successive classes of Johns Hopkins medical students. This volume records over 20, 000 responses given by the 586 students who took the individual Rorschach test. The responses have been analysed and tabulated with the aid of IBM computers. The book is divided into three parts. The first part is the Keyword Index, which alphabetically lists the significant words from each response together with classifying information that provides the context in which the word occurred. The second part is the Area Index listing the part of the inkblot eliciting each response. Finally, the Frequency Index lists the keywords and the number of times they were used in the responses.

This heavy volume is primarily the product of electronic computers. The authors have not approached their task with any specific hypotheses in mind. They do not suggest any specific use that can be made of their data beyond a vague reference that the book provides normative data on the content of Rorschach responses given by adults of superior intelligence. The research or clinical use that can be made of this volume will consequently depend very much on the ingenuity and persistence of the particular user, who must somehow dig out the relevent bits of information from this huge wasteland of printed words and numbers.

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