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October 5, 1946


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Oakland, Calif.

JAMA. 1946;132(5):279-281. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870400027005

Enuresis, especially during sleep, is one of the commonest and most troublesome problems presented by patients during childhood. Because of it, parents seek the help of the physician in great emotional distress. Their distress is a compound of resentment because their child is incontinent, while they know of many others of equal or a much younger age who do not soil their beds; of shame lest this family skeleton come to the notice of their family and friends, and of fear that their child may be defective. Their resentment is all the greater if the child sometimes goes through a night unsoiled, because they are then fully convinced that only his individual manifestation that he is a member of a sinful and perverse generation stands between him and a dry bed at all times. Their fear that he will always be a bed wetter cannot be better described than in

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