Book Reviews
March 1937

Die Neurosen des Kindes-und Jugendalters.

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By Walter Cimbal. Second edition. Price, 13.50 marks. Pp. 490. Berlin: Urban & Schwarzenberg, 1935.

Am J Dis Child. 1937;53(3):925. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1937.04140100255018

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By definition the disorders considered in this work are psychobiologic disharmonies of childhood and adolescence, not permanent and irreversible defects. As such they are amenable to treatment by psychotherapeutic or medical measures or both, numerous rules and plans for the various syndromes being given.

The book is arranged systematically into a section on general pathology, a section on special pathology and one on treatment, general and special. In the first part a theory of the neuroses of childhood is propounded, partly on psychoanalytic lines. The question of character formation is considered under the heads of inherent constitutional traits, chance environmental factors, natural developmental stages and crises, and what is noteworthy and commendable in any treatment of this subject, an attempt is made to relate the knowledge of internal metabolism to normal and abnormal character formation. There are chapters also on training of the moral sentiments and of concrete thinking. Cimbal

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