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The title of this book is an accurate description of its contents. Dr. Crothers pictures the pediatrician as one who is uncertain of his position in the field of mental hygiene. He describes the limitation of time and the impossibility of following the procedure of the mental hygiene clinic and questions the ability of the pediatrician to treat the whole child in private practice. The pediatrician must sort out useful material contributed by the various psychiatric groups and must learn to apply it in his everyday practice. The psychologist and the psychiatric social worker are aids in the clinics and in the schools. Mental hygiene should be taught in medical schools.
Although recognizing the progress of psychiatry, pediatricians have difficulty in attempting to practice mental hygiene and at the same time to give children adequate physical care. It is difficult for the pediatrician to combine the two fields in an
A Pediatrician in Search of Mental Hygiene.. Am J Dis Child. 1938;56(2):473. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1938.01980140243016