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Children are taken to hospitals to regain their health; yet all too often their mental health is actually impaired while they are undergoing treatment. A great deal can be done to prevent medical fears in children and to alleviate the harmful effects of hospitalization by play—especially if it is directed by a professionally trained worker. This book outlines the organization, administration and technic of the play program carried out in a large children's hospital. In addition to descriptions of the methods used, there are a complete classification of the forms of play and a list of play materials.
The book is well written by an experienced worker in this new and important field. It should be of great value to hospital administrators, to pediatricians and to nurses who work with children.
Play for Convalescent Children in Hospitals and at Home.. Am J Dis Child. 1941;62(2):472. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000140243021