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August 31, 1940

The Challenge of Adolescence

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By Ira S. Wile, M.S., M.D. Cloth. Price, $3.50. Pp. 484. New York: Greenberg, Publisher, Inc., 1939.

JAMA. 1940;115(9):801. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810350145030

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Many books have been written to serve as textbooks in courses on adolescent psychology, but no volume was written prior to this one with the exception of Stanley Hall's out of date masterpiece which serves to cover the field of adolescence as an important field to the physician and the psychiatrist. While it is true that adolescence blends imperceptibly with childhood and adulthood, the physical changes which accompany it are noticeable and easily defined on the basis of numerous social problems with resultant mental, moral and familial conflicts. Wile has covered this whole aspect of adolescent psychology in modern fashion. The approach is what one would expect when considering the various factors of adolescence. As would be expected, the first chapter is devoted to the explanation and definition of adolescence. Since adolescence is significant in the physical aspect first of all, and the ancillary problems of sexual adjustment and psychosexual

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