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Kubie, L.S. (1954). The Therapeutic Community: By Maxwell Jones, M.D. New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1953. 186 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 23:443-445.

(1954). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 23:443-445

The Therapeutic Community: By Maxwell Jones, M.D. New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1953. 186 pp.

Review by:
Lawrence S. Kubie

This small volume was published in England under the title Social Psychiatry. It is based on experience in the rehabilitation of various kinds of psychiatric 'invalids'. Some were treated in Ministry of Health hospitals at Mill Hill and Dartford, both during and after the war. The latter group consisted of former prisoners of war, with their special and illuminating problems. The report includes additional data from a unique experiment in returning to employment patients who had been unemployed because of a variety of neurotic disabilities. This work was carried on in the Industrial Neurosis Unit at Belmont Hospital, under the Disabled Persons Employment Act of 1944. In all these activities the author has played a creative, imaginative, and leading role; certainly few could write about this field from so rich a background. There are also chapters by several of his associates: Special Problems of Psychotherapy on In-Patients in a Neurosis Unit, by Dr. Thomas Freeman; Techniques in Group Formation, by Dr. B. A. Pomryn; Follow-up Inquiry, by Joy Tuxford; Statistical Analysis and Vocational Guidance, both by Joseph Sandler; and a foreword by Goodwin Watson.

This reviewer has no doubt that the neurosis treatment center is here to stay, that in many instances it can improve general adjustment, and that it will ultimately prove to be not only an essential adjuvant to individual psychotherapy and psychoanalysis but also a rich source of data on many psychotherapeutic and psychonoxious processes. He must add, however, that he was convinced of these facts before studying this volume, and that Dr. Jones's report does not present informative data on clinical successes and failures, on the practical problems of techniques, or on the underlying theoretical concepts basic in all such work. As a result, although this reviewer is wholeheartedly in sympathy with its high purpose and practical value, he is disappointed in the volume itself. It does not serve as a general sociological report, a precise scientific documentation, or a practical guide for the many who will surely want to explore the same fields. Since it serves none of these three purposes adequately, Dr. Watson's uncritical encomiums are remarkable. My suspicion is that Dr.

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