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Niederland, W.G. (1959). Chronic Schizophrenia: By Thomas Freeman, M.D., John L. Cameron, M.B., and Andrew McGhie, M.A. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1958. 158 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 28:86-87.

(1959). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 28:86-87

Chronic Schizophrenia: By Thomas Freeman, M.D., John L. Cameron, M.B., and Andrew McGhie, M.A. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1958. 158 pp.

Review by:
William G. Niederland

Anna Freud's laudatory preface to this excellent book is well deserved. In eleven compact, informative, and highly readable chapters the authors deal with the mental functioning, essential dynamics, pathological manifestations, methods and results of treatment in a group of chronically ill schizophrenic patients they observed and studied 'during a two-year project devoted to an inquiry into the possibilities of the psychological treatment and rehabilitation of chronic hospitalized schizophrenic patients'. The work was carried out at Glasgow Royal Mental Hospital by a research team consisting of a psychoanalyst interested in clinical psychiatry, a clinical psychiatrist interested in research, and a clinical psychologist experienced in evaluating the relation between normal and psychotic processes. The authors present their views on schizophrenia and its treatment with a clarity and circumspection not frequently found in psychiatric writings, centering their discussion on their painstaking efforts with these chronic institutionalized patients and furnishing impressive examples of their clinical findings and their therapeutic results.

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