Year: 1979 Source: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, v.49, no.4, (October 1979), p.574-584 SIEC No: 19842360

The impact of the telephone upon the practice of medicine & psychiatry is reviewed. As an exclusively auditory medium, the telephone conveys meaningful vocal information while screening out visual & other stimuli. It is suggested that some highly anxious & unstable individuals, who find psychotherapy too threatening, may benefit from telephone contact with a therapist. An illustrative case of telephone therapy is presented.