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March 19, 1960


JAMA. 1960;172(12):1291. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020120069015

Since the first teen-age clinic was established in Boston in 1952 there has been an increasing awareness of the special health and psychological problems of teen-agers. Dr. Arthur Roth,1 a pioneer in this poorly understood field, has written a medical guide for young people and their parents that should help clarify many of the problems of teenagers which although common are perplexing to those who experience them. The most baffling paradox to the growing child is normal variation. Marked differences in height, weight, age of onset of puberty, and development of secondary sex characteristics can appear as frightening abnormalities to young persons and are not always understood by their parents. These and other considerations are dealt with in the teen-age clinics and are described in the guide. The manner in which these problems are handled can be an important factor in determining the attitude taken toward the medical profession

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