September 8, 1978

Handbook of Treatment of Mental Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn


edited by Benjamin B. Wolman, James Egan, and Alan O. Ross, 475 pp, with illus, $29.95, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Prentice-Hall, 1978.

JAMA. 1978;240(11):1186. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290110084031

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A handbook should be small and easy to carry. A handbook of treatment should be concise and specific, telling what to do and when. If these two statements sum up your expectations, then the word "handbook" should be deleted from the title of this book. It is 28×23×5 cm and covers a difficult and confusing field.

Twenty-four chapters, ranging from a few to 30 or more pages, provide a thorough description of child and adolescent therapy. The book includes topics such as therapeutic nurseries, speech disorders, and child abuse, as well as the expected ones such as chemotherapy and behavior therapy. The several varieties of treatment for the antisocial child and the psychotic child are given separate chapters. All of the chapters provide a clear presentation of their respective fields. Particularly noteworthy are the sections on behavioral therapy, family therapy, minimal brain dysfunction, and enuresis. The discussions of learning disabilities