Constructing the Clinic

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(11), 759-760. The central premise of this book (see record 1997-36676-000) is Lightner Witmer as the “founder of clinical psychology.” There is a certain sense in which this is true, and yet as other historians have noted, the choice of Witmer as “initiator of all that followed” is highly problematic (O'Donnell, 1979, p. 4). McReynolds has cast a historical spotlight onto one of the fields founding figures and, in the process, he has helped illuminate one of the murkier corners of the history of American psychology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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