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B., H.A. (1935). Sweeping the Cobwebs: By Lillien J. Martin and Clare de Gruchy. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1933. viii+181 p.. Psychoanal Q., 4:358-359.

(1935). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 4:358-359

Sweeping the Cobwebs: By Lillien J. Martin and Clare de Gruchy. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1933. viii+181 p.

Review by:
H. A. B.

This book—enthusiastically and even romantically written, yet with all possible modesty as well—is an account of an enterprise which is, as far as I know, unique: the treatment of personality defects and emotional problems in the aged—that is, to judge from the case material cited, in those past (in most instances) the age of sixty. For the purpose of carrying out what would seem to many a highly thankless task, that of helping their patients ("consultants") to adjust to their present situation at a time of life when such adjustability has often diminished almost to the vanishing point, the authors have established in San Francisco what they call the Old Age Center, the primary object of which is, to use the authors' expression, the salvaging of old age.

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