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Progress in Pediatrics
February 1941


Author Affiliations

Director, Essex County Juvenile Clinic NEWARK, N. J.

Am J Dis Child. 1941;61(2):347-357. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000080137018

I make no apology for attempting to discuss in this paper, and in another one to be published,1 the difficulties involved in the entry of the pediatrician into the field of the problems of conduct. However, in discussing "inflection points" in the field of behavior, I am perhaps introducing a somewhat unwarranted statistical analogy. An "inflection point" is that place at which a curve suddenly and dramatically changes its course. The present holder of the Rachford professorship of pediatrics has long since taught me (among many other things) what spice words can add to thought; so I was tempted to offer a somewhat new dish in this paper and to season its title in such a way that only the most devious minded would be able to guess its real "stock."

My subject boils down to an attempt to consider certain basic (and I believe serious) questions that must

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