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February 23, 1963

Essentials of pediatric psychiatry.

JAMA. 1963;183(8):718. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700080126043

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At first glance one might well wonder why the efforts of four capable and distinguished gentlemen were required to produce and develop this comparatively small book, the avowed purpose of which is to provide the pediatrician with some answers to questions concerning the psychological development and problems of the infant child and adolescent.

After reading the meaty material, carefully and comprehensively classified and condensed in a simple but flawless style, the reviewer is convinced that the authors have more than fulfilled their purpose. While of unquestionable value to any open-minded pediatrician, this book might well serve as a text in the medical-school teaching of child and adolescent psychiatry, where its initial impact on all future doctors could be experienced long before specialization in pediatrics would call for a profitable review of its contents.

The seven chapters consist of an introduction, a discussion of psychic development, a presentation of normal development

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