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Reider, N. (1950). Applied Psychoanalysis. Selected Objectives of Psychotherapy: By Felix Deutsch, M.D. New York: Grune and Stratton, 1949. 244 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 19:103-105.

(1950). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 19:103-105

Applied Psychoanalysis. Selected Objectives of Psychotherapy: By Felix Deutsch, M.D. New York: Grune and Stratton, 1949. 244 pp.

Review by:
Norman Reider

This remarkable book fills a great need by its presentation and elucidation of one type of the various psychoanalytically oriented brief therapies which today are a theoretic, economic, and social necessity. It begins with a short exposition of the difference between psychoanalysis and the psychotherapy in which 'a goal-limited adjustment' is the aim of the treatment, and leads immediately to the verbatim report of an initial interview between the doctor and a patient with a chronic skin disease. Commentaries, following significant statements of both the doctor and the patient, are given in italics. These commentaries are didactically most useful, indicating what is going on in the treatment: 'He escapes into silence. He is brought back into the sector by taking up the feel of "pain"'; another example: '… too much anxiety is seemingly stirred up, therefore [the] interviewer leads him back to recent times'.

The first interview is given as a demonstration of the technique of 'associative anamnesis', followed by an extremely important theoretical and technical discussion of the use of this method of interviewing, with cogent remarks about what happens dynamically in such treatment.

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