March 17, 1928


Author Affiliations

From the Enuresis Clinic, Pediatric Department of the Michael Reese Dispensary.

JAMA. 1928;90(11):820-823. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690380004002

So much has been written about the subject of enuresis that it might seem superfluous to elaborate on it further. However, the most valuable contributions have appeared in psychologic and mental hygiene journals which, as a rule, are not read by the general practitioner, who depends on the regular medical periodicals for information. Yet it is the general practitioner, not the psychologist or psychiatrist, who must treat most of the cases of enuresis. This article is an attempt to supply the missing link and to correlate the physical and psychic aspects of the problem.

Such statements as the following certainly indicate that the medical profession still considers the condition a bugaboo. Davison1 says, "Much has been written but relatively little known of the condition which distresses mothers, shames children and frequently baffles physicians." Woolley,2 a children's psychologist, states that "many pediatricians feel quite hopeless about cases of enuresis

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