Book Reviews
April 1923


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By L. Scholz, M.D. Third edition, revised by Adalbert Gregor, M.D. Pp. 312. Berlin: S. Karger, 1922.

Am J Dis Child. 1923;25(4):338. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1923.01920040083010

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The book deals with the limits of mental health in children. "Anlage," heredity, degeneration, the causes of mental deficiencies, their somatic foundation and accompaniments are discussed. Various forms of feeblemindedness are described. Nervousness, hysteria and epilepsy are treated in separate chapters. Another chapter is devoted to chorea minor, for no very apparent reason. The sixty-four pages in which are considered the psychopathic children are perhaps the most interesting ones; but a discussion of the various groups into which these children are divided would exceed the limits of a review. The disturbances of the period of puberty and dementia praecox, with its two main divisions—hebephrenia and katatonia, are considered. The heading of one chaper is "Suicide." The pathologic basis of suicide is strongly emphasized. In the chapter on prophylaxis, the necessity of the prevention of marriage of unsuitable individuals is duly stressed and the necessity of complete abstinence from alcohol is

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