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August 14, 1954

The Child, His Parents and the Physician.

JAMA. 1954;155(16):1456. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690340078029

In their practice, most physicians encounter children and their parents. Unless they have had a wide experience or have specialized in pediatrics or pediatric psychiatry, they may not be aware of the influence of the parent-child relationship on the physical and emotional health of both the child and his parents. Dr. Shirley has outlined in an elementary and slyly humorous way the viewpoint concerning the child and the child's emotional needs; he has also presented a time table of the emotional development of the child. This particularly relates the child to his parents at various stages in his development. This book goes further than most in discussing emotional development by pointing out the various forces involved in socialization of the emotions that will permit family living in a social order. The adaptive techniques used to overcome anger, hostility, fear, and anxiety are discussed in detail. After this outline of emotional

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