August 1941

The Doctor and the Difficult Child.

Author Affiliations

By William Moodie, M.D., Medical Director London Child Guidance Clinic. Price, $1.50. Pp. IX + 214. New York: The Commonwealth Fund, 1940.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1941;68(2):372. doi:10.1001/archinte.1941.00200080194016

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This is a well written book, divided into four chapters. By way of introduction the author says that it is not a scientific treatise but, rather, an informal discussion of behavior or personality disturbances in children.

At first he defines the importance of a better understanding of juvenile psychology; then he outlines methods of history taking and examination to be used in an approach to mental problems in the young, and finally he describes general principles of psychotherapy employed in pediatrics. The second part of the book is a series of short case reports to illustrate common problems in the behavior of children and how greatly they may be helped by sensible guidance.

The tenor of the book is even and unexaggerated. Due emphasis is laid on the need for recognizing physical illness or serious mental defects as possible bases of behavior difficulties in the young. In the more difficult

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