Psychiatry: The 300- Year Weekend

The techniques of talk-it-out psychotherapy have changed slowly but significantly since Sigmund Freud first stretched patients out on a couch. The Freudian "50-Minute Hour," originally restricted to patient and analyst, has led to two-hour sessions of group therapy in which half a dozen or so patients, all with similar symptoms, get together with the same therapist. Now Los Angeles' Dr. George R. Bach, 51, a Latvian-born Ph.D. psychologist, has pushed the trend —both in time and numbers—about as far as it can reasonably go. He has enlarged the cast to a dozen or more "participants," and he keeps the group...

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