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Kaplan, D. (1958). Progress in Psychotherapy: Volume II. Anxiety and Therapy. Edited by Jules H. Masserman and J. L. Moreno. New York: Grune & Stratton, 1957. pp. viii +264. $7.50.. Psychoanal. Rev., 45A(1/2):147-150.

(1958). Psychoanalytic Review, 45A(1/2):147-150

Progress in Psychotherapy: Volume II. Anxiety and Therapy. Edited by Jules H. Masserman and J. L. Moreno. New York: Grune & Stratton, 1957. pp. viii +264. $7.50.

Review by:
Donald Kaplan

“Progress In Psychotherapy” is now being planned by the editors as a series to be brought out annually. Volume II is composed of the 1956 proceedings of the Section on Psychotherapy of the American Psychiatric Association, to which has been added a number of pieces by specialists throughout the world on psychotherapy in various cultural settings. The book is divided into six parts. There is an introduction by Moreno, a “symposium” on anxiety, a group of papers on special problems in therapy, i.e. pregnancy, geriatrics, etc., schools and trends in psychotherapy, developments in therapy abroad, and a summary by Masserman.

The very brief section on developments abroad is in many ways the most informative. There are a half dozen or so straightforward reports on professional training and orientation in India, Holland, Norway, and Latin America, along with some of the peculiar demands that extreme cultural factors make upon Western psychotherapy. We are told that in Mexico, for example, there are at present two analytic groups. One group, the Mexican Society of Psychoanalysts, consists of Erich Fromm's ten trainees, Mexican psychiatrists of rather high professional status. The other group, of somewhat lesser influence, the Mexican Group of Psychoanalytic Studies, has five members and five trainees. The members have studied abroad and are affiliated with the International Psychoanalytic Association. In addition to these two, there are a number of fringe groups of non-psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapists, among them a kind of Thomistic-existential group.

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