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Book Reviews
October 1944

Psychology of Women.

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Volume I. By Helene Deutsch, M.D. Price, $4.50. Pp. 399. New York: Grune & Stratton, Inc., 1944.

Am J Dis Child. 1944;68(4):295. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1944.02020100067031

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Abstract

The author of this book has devoted many years to the study of feminine psychology. In this volume she presents a systematic study of the development of the personality of woman, using her own observations and those of other writers. Since over 200 pages is devoted to adolescence and the preceding years, it is of special interest to pediatricians.

Chapters devoted to prepuberty, early puberty, puberty, adolescence and menstruation are followed by chapters on the mature personality of women. The author carefully describes the instinctive and environmental factors which consciously and unconsciously influence the minds of girls and women and considers the large number of conflicting emotional problems which enter their minds. Normal growth and development are described, and the causes of mental ill health are discussed at length. Throughout the book the author emphasizes the fact that there are many emotional problems, usually conflicting ones, in the mind of

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