1st Edition

Clinical Psychology A Case Book of the Neuroses and their Treatment

By Charles Berg Copyright 1948
    506 Pages
    by Routledge

    506 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1948 the blurb read: 'Dr Berg has an extraordinary flair for presenting a difficult subject in a most realistic and attractive manner, without sacrifice of scientific essentials.

    The patients are made to speak for themselves, with the result that we feel actually present at the analytical sessions, sharing the most intimate details of each individual’s life and feelings. Throughout it is alive with real, vivid clinical material. The reader is led through a panorama of troubled minds and disturbed emotions – from the simplest worries and anxieties, through increasing severity of stresses, to incipient major disorders.

    The whole subject of treatment is reviewed and expounded in compendious detail, concluding with a critical review and revolutionary suggestions for the future.

    In spite of its novel and entertaining method of exposition, the book covers a surprisingly wide field – the whole field of clinical psychology up to date – and more.' Today it can be read and enjoyed in its historical context.

    This book is a re-issue originally published in 1948. The language used is a reflection of its era and no offence is meant by the Publishers to any reader by this re-publication.

    Section I: From Medicine to Mind  1. A Clinical Odyssey (Autobiographical)  2. Aetiology  3. Case-taking  4. Classification  5. A Case Showing Minor Elements of Psychoneurotic, Psychopathic, Homosexual and Schizoid Trends  Section II: The Problem of Anxiety  6. A Speculation on the Nature of Anxiety  7. The Problem of Anxiety  8. Nervous Breakdown (Anxiety Hysteria)  Section III: The Hysterias  Introductory  9. Overwork and Hysterical Breakdown  10. Hysteria  11. The Beginnings of Hypochondria  12. Hypochondriacal Illness  13. Drug Addiction: Morphine  14. Drug Addiction: Alcohol  15. Hysteria, Anxiety and Fear of Epilepsy  Section IV: Some More Severe Illnesses  16. Epilepsy and Hystero-Epilepsy  17. Obsessional Neurosis  18. Depression  19. Mania  20. Schizophrenia  21. Psychopathic Personalities and Paranoia  22. Psychopathology of Schizophrenia and Other Disorders  Section V: Treatment  23. Physical Methods of Treatment: Drugs etc.  24. Physical Methods of Treatment: Convulsive Therapies, Insulin and Pre-frontal Leucotomy  25. Psychological Methods of Treatment: The Implements of Treatment  26. Psychological Methods of Treatment: Some Individual Methods of Treatment  27. Psychological Methods of Treatment: Psycho-Analysis (General Principles of Technique)  28. The Instrument of Psycho-Analysis: Technique (contd.)  29. Two Examples of Transference Analysis  30. The Terminal Stage  31. A Case Showing Some Implications of Short Treatment  32. The Theoretical Structure of Psycho-Analysis  33. The Mind: Topography and Mechanisms  34. Criticism and Future Outlook.  Glossary.  Index.


    Charles Berg (1892-1957)

    For the original publication:

    ‘A provocative but extremely readable and lucid writer…. His book should be of great interest to general practitioners as well as psychiatrists who wish to acquaint themselves with the views on the theory and practice of psychological medicine arrived at by a widely experienced, psychoanalytically orientated psychiatrist.’ – British Medical Bulletin

    ‘A masterly book. Thorough, and at the same time, written in comparatively simple English. No one who reads it carefully can fail to have his mind widened. This is why we recommend it cordially to all practicing members of the profession.’ – Medical Officer