‘Psychotherapy’: the invention of a word

@article{Shamdasani2005PsychotherapyTI,
  title={‘Psychotherapy’: the invention of a word},
  author={S. Shamdasani},
  journal={History of the Human Sciences},
  year={2005},
  volume={18},
  pages={1 - 22}
}
  • S. Shamdasani
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology
  • History of the Human Sciences
  • This paper traces the manner in which the word ‘psychotherapy’ was invented and how it became taken up and disseminated in the English-, French- and German-speaking medical worlds at the end of the 19th century. It explores how it was used as an appellation for a variety of practices, and then increasingly became perceived as a distinct entity in its own right. Finally it shows how the fate of the word ‘psychotherapy’ enables Freud’s invention of ‘psychoanalysis’ to be located. 
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