By Donald J. Holmes. MD. Price, $9.50. Pp 337, with no illustrations. Little, Brown & Co., 34 Beacon St, Boston 02106, 1964.
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The adolescent, that strange and peculiar "thing," is scrutinized with a fine comb by a perceptive and sensitive physician. Most of us tend to describe this group by its negative qualities, such as the "hiatus between childhood and adulthood." This would indicate that we perceive this group with suspicion, discomfort, and trepidation.
The volume is divided into three sections. The first section provides the reader with a microscopic description of the world of the adolescent. His search for his identity and his struggle to become himself is graphically portrayed by meaningful examples. Part II is a cursory assessment and description of individual therapy with this group. Part III emphasizes the residential treatment for disturbed adolescents.
Holmes has an intuitive grasp in dealing with the problems of adolescence. This valuable work is devoid of all technical jargon, which is a feat in itself. The author is able to describe the nuances
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