November 1967

Children's Drawings and Their Bearing on the Doctor-Patient Relationship.

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USA El Paso, Tex


Edited by Carlo Traversa. Price, not given. Pp 8, with 12 illustrations. S. Karger, Basel and New York, 1966.

Arch Intern Med. 1967;120(5):637-638. doi:10.1001/archinte.1967.00300040121028

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This is a beautiful collection of 12 selective drawings done by children between the ages of 3 and 13, who have neuropsychiatric problems, chosen from the Mostra del Di-segno Infantile, held at the Second European Congress of Child Psychiatry in Rome in 1963 under the chairmanship of Professor Giovanni Bollea. A dynamic interpretation of the symbolic "messages in bottles" that these drawings convey is offered by Doctor Traversa. He makes sagacious comments on the value of using creative expression of this nature in children, not only as a diagnostic-progonstic tool, but also as a means of becoming more aware of the patient-doctor relationship and the responsibility that this dynamic interaction entails.

The importance of the child's communications and the alliance of the therapeutic relationship with all its sensitivities is vividly revealed in the interpretive description of the drawings. The quality of the "message" is expressable in terms of "this

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