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Therapy has long understood itself as taking place in a room, with two (or more) people engaged in person-to-person conversation. And yet, starting with Freud’s treatments by mail, psychotherapy has operated through multiple communication technologies and media, including advice columns, radio broadcasts, crisis hotlines, video, personal computers, and mobile phones. In The Distance Cure, Hannah Zeavin tracks the history of teletherapy (understood as a therapeutic interaction over distance) and its metamorphosis from a model of cure to one of contingent help. From its initial use in ongoing care, its role in crisis intervention and symptom management, to our pandemic-mandated reliance on regular Zoom sessions.
Adam Savage is an industrial special effects designer and former co-host of The Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters with Jamie Hyneman. Today, Savage hosts and executive produces MythBusters Jr. as well as Savage Builds on the Science Channel. He also stars in and produces content for his website Tested.com and co-hosts the podcast Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project.