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July 1930


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Am J Dis Child. 1930;40(1):46-58. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01940010057004

Enuresis represents a typical example of the progress made by pediatricians in the sphere of knowledge of nervous disorders in infancy. There is a great divergence of opinion on the subject between neurologists and pediatricians. The neurologists, while earnestly endeavoring to arrive at a correct classification of nervous disturbances in accordance with the teachings of psychiatry, were handicapped by their own slight knowledge of the constitutional peculiarities and diseases of children, especially of infants. The pediatricians, on the other hand, had assisted tremendously in the progress of pediatrics by considerable advances in the chemical, biologic and bacteriologic spheres. Nevertheless, notwithstanding the warnings of certain authorities, such as Czerny, the pediatricians had given little attention to nervous disturbances, or when they did they started out with mistaken psychiatric suppositions, and merely succeeded in mastering the symptoms. That is why pediatric textbooks contain lists of all the symptoms set down side by

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