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December 15, 1975

Treatment of Bed-wetting

Author Affiliations

Enuresis Foundation Galesburg, Mich

JAMA. 1975;234(11):1116. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260240020005

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To the Editor.—  I find it distressing to have Dr Stewart's paper classified as TRENDS IN THERAPY, since the article again labels the enuretic child as one with a psychiatric problem. A half century of this philosophy has indoctrinated a large part of the medical profession into this type of thinking. This has resulted in throwing all these cases into the wastebaskets of psychiatry. Such continued regressive thinking is not going to save these children from their unfortunate situation.No clinician denies that there are psychiatric consequences in the bedwetting child. However, close study of these cases by such outstanding scholars as John Gerrard, MD, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Barbara Starfield, MD, of Baltimore, William Crook, MD, of Jackson, Tenn, William Deamer of San Francisco, and many other scholars has clearly demonstrated that the abnormal personality is the result and not the cause of enuresis. There has been further demonstration that