PSYCHIATRY AND THE CHRISTIAN by Jacob Dominian

PSYCHIATRY AND THE CHRISTIAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This volume, No. 93 in the Twentieth Century Encyclopedia of Catholicism series, is important in itself in that Catholics are here offered an objective evaluation of psychoanalysis uncluttered with excessive professional coverage. Even though Dr. Dominian makes no effort to be comprehensive in his treatment, he does offer a detailed treatment of facts of psychiatric practice. Current concepts of psychiatric disorders and some of their implications for psychiatry are treated more than adequately. The approach is objective throughout. While Dr. Dominian pays tribute fully to the immense contribution made to psychiatry by Sigmund Freud, he also shows the shortcomings and shallowness of Freud's approach particularly in the area of ""religion and man"". Psychoses, neurotic disorders, sexual problems, alcoholism, therapeutic methods, responsibility, the role of priests and the position of Christianity in relationship to psychiatry are all discussed candidly. As an introduction to what psychiatry means to the Christian, this volume is excellent.

Publisher: Hawthorn