Book Reviews
March 1942

In Defense of Children.

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By Bert I. Beverly, M.D. Price, $2. Pp. 233, with 12 illustrations. New York: The John Day Company, 1941.

Am J Dis Child. 1942;63(3):630-631. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1942.02010030200016

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This robust little book contains eleven chapters dealing with the ordinary problems of the growth and development of ordinary children. Its tendrils reach out into every aspect of the child's life, but the main root is in terms of seeing the problem of maladjustment as the child's vain attempt to fit his strong biologic urges into the cramped forms that society would have them take. If there were only some way of letting the child be what he was intended to be, there would be much less unhappiness.

So chapter 1 bids one see the child as he is, rather than only as adults wish him to be. It's rather a nice sermon on tolerance. Chapter 2 states the corollary that the child is himself a fairly safe guide as to what he needs in food; what he will accomplish by way of growth. Chapter 3 ties these ideas together;

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