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The first part of this book is devoted to a detailed review of the literature on the unstable child and adolescent. The second portion gives 87 case reports, grouped according to the author's interpretation as to whether they represent primary instability or instability associated with definite motor disturbances, with perversion, with epilepsy or with paranoia.
The last part of the book is concerned with a study and analysis of the intellectual, motor and emotional status of the patients in the various groups. In general it appears that the intellectual abilities were hampered by lack of perseverance and judgment, the motor ability showed lack of precision and the affective life showed persistence of such infantile traits as outbursts of undirected energy and temper, failure to subordinate immediate satisfactions to a larger good and rebellion against any authority.
The scope of this work does not include a study of the causes of
L'enfant et l'adolescent instables.. Am J Dis Child. 1940;60(4):1008–1009. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.02000040227030