Books that are this short and this good are rare. Less than 100 pages of text contain a great deal of wisdom and common sense. Hendrick's essay describes a basic philosophy of psychiatric education (primarily residency training) and indicates its ramifications. It places these within the perspective of the historical development of modern dynamic psychiatry and of its place within the current American culture. At a time when questions are being raised as to whether three years of residency are long enough, it is amazing how much which is important can be communicated in 90 minutes. For those who do not know Ives Hendrick, reading this book will make apparent why his students hold him in so high a regard.
The starting premise is that dynamic psychiatry is a "basic science." Not only does it apply to all behavior (normal and pathological) but it is the science