Book Reviews
August 1924


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By John F. W. Meagher, M.D., F.A.C.P. Price $1.50, pp. 69. New York, William Wood and Company, N. Y.

Am J Dis Child. 1924;28(2):264. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1924.04120200134016

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This is a small treatise on the subject and should be most interesting to pediatricians. The part this condition plays in child life, is an important one, and the significance of it is well brought out in this short book.

While much of the book is taken up with the condition as it exists in adult life, there are in it many good points for the pediatrician, especially in the treatment.

The author believes that masturbation is practically universal in children, but it is by no means abnormal in young children and that harm is due to excessive indulgence.

The injury is not so much physical, as psychic, and the treatment is along those lines very largely.

Sympathy and encouragement are of much value to the patient.

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