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Chassell, J.O. (1962). Schizophrenia as a Human Process: By Harry Stack Sullivan, M.D. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., Inc., 1962. 363 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 31:556-559.

(1962). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 31:556-559

Schizophrenia as a Human Process: By Harry Stack Sullivan, M.D. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., Inc., 1962. 363 pp.

Review by:
Joseph O. Chassell

Informed readers differ widely in their reaction to Sullivan's later writings. This reviewer has found them at times exasperating—pontifical, pretentious, caustic, and obscure—but often seminal. Yet no one, to my knowledge, denies that he was a trailbreaker in the understanding and treatment of the young male schizophrenic. Motivated by his own personal brushes with such illness, inspired by the work of Freud (and to a lesser extent of Kempf and Adolf Meyer), and encouraged by William Alanson White and Ross Mc-Clure Chapman, his efforts culminated clinically in the establishment in 1929 of the Reception Service at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, and theoretically in Conceptions of Modern Psychiatry (1940) with significant additions during the subsequent decade (for example, Therapeutic Investigations in Schizophrenia, Psychiatry, X, 1947, pp. 121-125).

The present posthumous volume—aptly titled, beautifully edited, and given an encompassing introduction by Helen Swick Perry—collects the most relevant papers, 1924-1934, an along-the-way account of his pioneering. Having perused most of these papers from time to time in the past, the reviewer expected a dull and repetitious task in going over them again.

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