Book Reviews
February 1935

Child Guidance Clinics.

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By Dr. George S. Stevenson and Geddes Smith. Price, $1.50. Pp. 186. London: Oxford University Press; New York: The Commonwealth Fund, 1934.

Am J Dis Child. 1935;49(2):551. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970020266027

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Twenty-five years have passed since the first child guidance clinic was established in Chicago. At present there are more than two hundred such clinics in this country. In this book Stevenson and Smith first give the history of the evolvement of these clinics, sometimes spoken of as the mental hygiene movement. After describing the general scientific background and the popular demand for such clinics, they describe the early clinics, especially the demonstration clinics sponsored by the National Committee for Mental Hygiene. The early failures and successes of each clinic are discussed. Succeeding chapters deal with the methods used in mental hygiene clinics, the place, need and function of such clinics in a community and their relationship to the practice of medicine.

The book is of value because it is the first history of mental hygiene clinics. It is historically somewhat inaccurate in not giving sufficient credit to the clinics other

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