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Book Reviews
March 1932

Psychology and Psychiatry in Pediatrics.

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The Problem Report of the Subcommittee on Psychology and Psychiatry of the White House Conference on Child Health and Protection, Bronson Crothers, M.D., Chairman. Price, $1.50. Pp. 146. New York: Century Company, 1932.

Am J Dis Child. 1932;43(3):796. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950030266028

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This report, just published in the series of books sponsored by the White House Conference on Child Health and Protection, considers the important question, should the medical practitioner attempt to give advice when difficulties threaten the satisfactory development of personality in a child under his care? The report is a challenge to pediatricians and family physicians.

Although the report does not urge all physicians to attempt to become expert in the fields of psychology and psychiatry, it states the opinion that adequate physical care of the child cannot be given without attention to whatever intellectual and emotional difficulties may be present, and concludes that when trouble arises and the individual child is in distress a well informed and alert physician is the obvious adviser. "Unwillingness of doctors at large to acquire the ability to deal wisely with problems involving personality of the child," says the report, "may lead to transfer

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