By Dr. William Moodie. Price, $1.50. Pp. 214, with no illustrations. New York: The Commonwealth Fund, 1940.
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This is a good book, written by a psychiatrist who obviously has had a great deal of experience in a child guidance clinic (in London). It discusses the emotional problems of children in an interesting yet scientific manner.
In the first half of the book the proper methods of clinical examination are outlined and a valuable, detailed account is given of the technic to be used by the physician in determining the nature and the cause of behavior problems. The second part is concerned with such common psychiatric problems as stealing, lying, nervousness, backwardness, sexual difficulties, truancy, psychoses, disturbances in habits of sleeping or eating and mental deficiency.
The material is presented in an easily understandable manner. The book is free from psychiatric nomenclature; yet the descriptions are precise and accurate. This book should interest any one who works with problem children and should especially interest the pediatrician, the student
The Doctor and the Difficult Child.. Am J Dis Child. 1941;61(3):659. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000090235022