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January 1931


Am J Dis Child. 1931;41(1):217-218. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1931.01940070224025

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If in the past thirty years psychology and medicine have had little in common but mutual distrust, the causes of this undesirable state must be sought for in a wide divergence of methods and interests. The physician could see no gain in accompanying the psychologist through an adolescent period of extreme subjectivism which his craft had traversed a century before. Nor could he—mindful of his responsibilities to higher interests than the vagaries of the individual human being—ignore the asocial character which the teachings of the psychologist had assumed. Hence it was that the physician, and in particular the pediatrician, withdrew to the fireside of the rule "by the thumb" in matters psychologic and let the winds of doctrine rage at will without. Benjamin's brochure is the first psychology that the reviewer has read which is written from the physician's standpoint and which meets the physician's needs. Whether

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