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Progress in Pediatrics
September 1926


Author Affiliations

Professor of Nervous and Mental Diseases, Jefferson Medical College PHILADELPHIA

Am J Dis Child. 1926;32(3):409-415. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1926.04130090086014

INTRODUCTION  The task of plotting the limits of normal behavior is not a simple one. I am somewhat heartened by the reflection that the boundaries which have been drawn by others are certainly elastic and flexible. A noted psychiatrist compared the play-behavior of a group of children, who were in a mental hospital because of behavior disorders following epidemic encephalitis, with the conduct of children in Rittenhouse Square, and was able to award the former the more favorable opinion. Rittenhouse Square is where the sons and daughters of Philadelphia's élite disport themselves. The normal child has been called a polymorphous pervert, and has been accused of playing the primary rôle in the grim tragedy of Oedipus Rex, and still he has survived. It is unlikely that anything I may say can injure his somewhat spotted reputation.

CRITERIA OF BEHAVIOR  To be intelligible, I must have some objective criteria. Personality is

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