May 1950

Pediatrics and the Emotional Needs of the Child.

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By Helen L. Witmer, Ph.D., Pp. 180. Commonwealth Fund, Division of Publications, 41 E. 57th St., New York 22, 1948.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1950;85(5):892. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230110167017

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This volume of 180 pages edited by Helen L. Witmer is a detailed report of a three day conference held in Hershey, Pa., in March 1947. It was sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund of New York.

The participants were forty-four pediatricians, psychiatrists and psychiatric social workers. They represent the leadership of thought in many of our medical schools concerning a better psychiatric orientation of medical students and pediatricians. There is a growing conviction that this is the best method of satisfying the emotional needs of our child population.

The first session was devoted to our present knowledge of emotional growth and development and the second to the accomplishments and the deficiencies of pediatricians in looking after the mental health of children and the remedies for these deficiencies. The importance of the mother's mental health in relation to the baby was emphasized. The next two sessions were devoted to the present

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