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Dissociation. Multiple Personality Disorder. Etiology, Epidemiology, and Phenomenology. Diagnosing Multiple Personality Disorder. The Alter Personalities. Beginning Treatment. Issues in Psychotherapy. Psychotherapeutic Techniques. The Therapeutic Role of Hypnosis and Abreaction. Adjunctive Therapies. Crisis Management and Resolution.
Frank W. Putnam, MD, is a leading authority on dissociative disorders. Trained as a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, he is Chief of Developmental Traumatology at the National Institute of Mental Health and directs clinical research on the effects of maltreatment, community violence, and other types of trauma across the lifespan.
"Putnam's Diagnosis and Treatment of Multiple Personality Disorder
is an excellent text for advanced undergraduates or graduate
students. The detailed presentation of stages of treatment is
especially useful, and the discussion of boundary management and
other therapeutic issues is timely and thought provoking." --David
Rainey, Ph.D., Psychology Department, John Carroll University
"Demystifies MPD and places it squarely in the mainstream of
contemporary knowledge about the impact of childhood trauma. The
book promises to be a synthesis of the ideas, techniques, and
treatment philosophies about MPD. It delivers on these promises and
more. It places MPD in its historical perspective as the disorder
that clarifies much about the nature of human consciousness, and
now has the potential of helping to unravel the psychobiological
linkages between mind and body. The sober, detailed, step-by-step
guide through every conceivable aspect of the complex therapy of
these patients provides a balanced guide for all clinicians dealing
with multiple personality and other dissociative disorders.
Putnam's work will be the standard in the field for a long time to
come. In breadth of scope, clarity of style, and lucidity of ideas
it may even surpass Janet's classic works on the subject." --Bessel
van der Kolk, MD, Massachusetts Mental Health Center Trauma Clinic
Director, Harvard Medical School, Author of Psychological
"An encyclopedic volume, certainly the definitive textbook of the disorder."--Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (02/05/1989)