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November 8, 1947

Psychiatric Interviews with Children

JAMA. 1947;135(10):678. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890100072025

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The author undertakes to describe the methods of psychiatric treatment of children in child guidance clinics. Dr. Witmer is particularly well qualified for her task, both as author and editor. Her status as "layman" is richly qualified by years of association with the training of psychiatric social workers and of activity of critical and research nature both for the Smith College for Social Work and for the Commonwealth Fund.

The book is written primarily for students of psychotherapy of children and for practitioners of child psychiatry. It consists of an introductory section by the editor, ten selected case presentations contributed by eight psychotherapists and a concluding commentary by the editor. The introductory section orients the reader as to the nature of child guidance and tells enough about child guidance clinic patients to make understandable the selection of cases presented. A thoughtfully organized section on "Relationship: the dynamic of therapy" undertakes

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