THE historical background of pediatrics in the United States in terms of mental hygiene is contrasted with the development of child psychiatry in this country; this is followed by a description of present trends in pediatric psychiatry and a discussion of opportunities in the future for contributions of pediatrics and psychiatry to each other.
The choice of topics and the arrangement of their presentation in this paper and in one on "Role of Psychiatry in a Childrens Hospital Service," to be published in a later issue, were dictated by the desire to assist in the further coequalization of the function of pediatrics and psychiatry in child study and care and by the wish to pay honor to Dr. Benjamin Knox Rachford, who as scientist, physician, medical educator and citizen broadly and deeply influenced the direction of pediatrics during many of its years of greatest growth and achievement.
SENN MJE. RELATIONSHIP OF PEDIATRICS AND PSYCHIATRY. Am J Dis Child. 1946;71(5):537-549. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1946.02020280082009