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March 27, 1937

Le développement psychique de l'enfant et de l'adolescent. Évolution normale.—Pathologie.—Traitement. Manuel d'étude

JAMA. 1937;108(13):1137-1138. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780130121022

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This book is written in a concise, clear style and is easy to understand. Although definitely psychoanalytic in his approach, the author displays an excellent knowledge of neuropsychiatry and psychology. The book is divided into five parts. Part one has to do with the methods of child psychology, intelligence testing, observing and questioning of children and case history taking. Part two traces the normal mental development of children, including speech, motor ability, thought processes and emotional development. Part three concerns the disturbances of mental development, including mental deficiency, endocrine dysfunctions, neuropathologic conditions, perversions, psychoses, epilepsies and emotional instability. Part four discusses education from an academic, familial and social point of view. Part five discusses therapy both psychologic and pharmacologic. The author does not attempt to present the entire field of any subject but reviews briefly the important problems of child psychology and develops many valuable ideas and criticisms. Some of

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