The Distance Cure Reviewed in The Baffler

11 Sep, 2021

The Distance Cure Reviewed in The Baffler

Hannah Zeavin's The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy was recently reviewed in The Baffler's "Can You Hear Me Now?" The article writes on the history of teletherapy, its spike in demand during the COVID pandemic, and more as discussed in The Distance Cure.

From the article:

The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy, a new book by UC Berkeley lecturer and media researcher Hannah Zeavin, offers a timely reminder of how recursive that crisis of care is by tracing how therapists and patients have turned, more willingly and more often than one might expect, to forms of mediation that take treatment from one-to-one to one-to-many. Throughout history, analysts and therapists have traded their couches for radio transmitters, newspaper columns, toll-free hotlines, and the web in an effort to reach more people, to the extent that it may not even be fair to refer to therapy as mediated only when it is novelized by some form of technology. We might instead think of the medium of therapy as an eternally present third in the triad that makes treatment possible: therapist, patient, and the means by which they speak to each other.

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