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Psychobattery

A Chronicle of Psychotherapeutic Abuse

  • Authors
  • Therese Spitzer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Therese Spitzer
    Pages 1-7
  3. Therese Spitzer
    Pages 8-20
  4. Therese Spitzer
    Pages 21-38
  5. Therese Spitzer
    Pages 39-53
  6. Therese Spitzer
    Pages 54-77
  7. Therese Spitzer
    Pages 78-89
  8. Therese Spitzer
    Pages 90-98
  9. Therese Spitzer
    Pages 99-111
  10. Therese Spitzer
    Pages 112-125
  11. Therese Spitzer
    Pages 126-137
  12. Therese Spitzer
    Pages 138-150
  13. Therese Spitzer
    Pages 151-161
  14. Therese Spitzer
    Pages 162-173
  15. Therese Spitzer
    Pages 174-193
  16. Therese Spitzer
    Pages 194-211
  17. Therese Spitzer
    Pages 212-226
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 227-236

About this book

Introduction

It is an honour for me to be asked to contribute a foreword to the book of my friends Therese and Ralph Spitzer. I got to know them during an assignment as Visiting Professor at the University of British Columbia at Vancouver, and I have shared to the full the distress that comes to all those who have to watch people that they love affected by mental illness in one form or another. I have been an orientalist for only half my life; for the first half I was a biochemist, embryologist, and experimental morphologist. "When I, a young man, was called to the bar" (as Gilbert & Sullivan have it), in other words, when in the early twenties I was starting life as a research biochemist, I was greatly attracted to the biochemistry of mental disease. I followed the lectures for the Diploma in Psychological Medicine, and worked at the Fulbourn Mental Hospital near Cambridge on the creatinine metabolism in catatonic patients suffering from what we used to call in those days dementia praecox. I published one paper (with T. J. McCarthy), but my hopes soon faded, and when I read an excellent review on the subject which covered much literature, and ended by saying that biochemists had grown tired of "fishing in distilled water for the causes of mental disease," I realised that I had better find something more worthwhile. Eggs and embryos were the answer, and very worthwhile they were.

Keywords

Anorexia nervosa Encounter Psychotherapeut psychiatry suicide

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