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Spitz, R.A. (1954). Psychoneurotic Art: Its Function in Psychotherapy: By Margaret Naumburg. New York: Grune & Stratton, Inc., 1953. 148 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 23:279-282.

(1954). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 23:279-282

Psychoneurotic Art: Its Function in Psychotherapy: By Margaret Naumburg. New York: Grune & Stratton, Inc., 1953. 148 pp.

Review by:
René A. Spitz

This is Margaret Naumburg's second book of case histories discussing the use of art in therapy. The first, Schizophrenic Art, presented the cases of two psychotic patients. The present one deals with 'a severe psychoneurosis with marked anxiety, compulsive features and strong tendencies to depressive moods'. It is richly illustrated with the day-by-day, spontaneous art productions of the patient, some of these in color plates. Both the case history and the paintings presented in their progression show impressively the successful resolving of the patient's neurosis, her adjustment to sex, to marriage, to work, and to social relations in life. The value to this patient of the art production, which took place concomitantly with her treatment, is evident; it is less evident that we can draw generalizations from such cases.

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