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February 20, 1937

Keeping Your Child Normal: Suggestions for Parents, Teachers and Physicians; With a Critical Estimate of the Influence of Psychoanalysis

JAMA. 1937;108(8):669. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780080063033

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This small book is a slightly expanded form of a similar publication by the same author issued in 1926. One or two new chapters have been added, giving valuable suggestions for parents and teachers with regard to the care of normal children, particularly those of school age. Much of the advice is sound, for the author has a broad insight into nervous and mental problems and also into the common pitfalls for the child with a normal mind. Occasionally Dr. Sachs is too dogmatic in his utterances. On page 28, for instance, he states that "stuttering is definitely curable at all ages and surely in early childhood." Not a few physicians and even some of the author's colleagues wish that this statement were true. The bulk of the book, however, is given over to Dr. Sachs's critical review of psychoanalysis, particularly with relation to the use of the analytic method

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