Persuasion and Healing A Comparative Study of Psychotherapy

ISBN-10: 0801846366
ISBN-13: 9780801846366
Edition: 3rd 1991 (Reprint)
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Description: This popular study of "psychological healing" treats topics ranging from religious revivalism and magical healing to contemporary psychotherapies, from the role of the shaman in nonindustrialized societies to the traditional mental hospital. Jerome  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 3/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

This popular study of "psychological healing" treats topics ranging from religious revivalism and magical healing to contemporary psychotherapies, from the role of the shaman in nonindustrialized societies to the traditional mental hospital. Jerome and Julia Frank (who are father and daughter) contend that these therapies share common elements that improve the "morale" of sufferers. And in combating the "demoralizing meaning" that people attach to their experiences, the authors argue, many therapies are surprisingly similar to rhetoric (the art of persuasion) and to hermeneutics (the study of meanings). Highly acclaimed in previous editions, Persuasion and Healing has been completely revised and expanded. In addition to a broadened exploration of the role of demoralization in illness, this latest edition offers updated information on topics including self-help, family therapy, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy for the mentally ill, and techniques such as primal therapy and bioenergetics. As they explore the power of "healing rhetoric" in these activities, the authors strengthen the ties among the various healing profession.

Renato D. Alarc�n, M.D., M.P.H., is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Honorio Delgado Chair at the Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru, and former medical director of the Mood Disorders Unit at the Mayo Psychiatry and Psychology Treatment Center, Rochester, Minnesota. He is author or editor of fourteen books, including Psychotherapy in Psychiatry: Science or Myth?, The Mosaics of Hope, Culture and Personality Disorders, and the Latin American Textbook of Psychiatry. Julia B. Frank, M.D., is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine, coauthor of the third edition of Persuasion and Healing, and coeditor of the third edition of The Behavioral Sciences and Health Care.

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