Book Reviews
October 1947

Psychiatric Interviews with Children.

Author Affiliations

Helen Leland Witmer, Editor. Price, $4.50. Pp. 443. New York: Commonwealth Fund, 1947.

Am J Dis Child. 1947;74(4):542. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1947.02030010555022

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This book of records of psychiatric treatment of children gives a complete concrete picture of present day child psychiatry. Detailed case records of eight qualified child psychiatrists give a clinical picture of therapeutic procedures. There are careful descriptions of the behavior of the children treated and the psychiatrist's interpretation of their behavior, as well as his attitude toward his patients during interviews.

The first case describes the play therapy of a boy who required foster home care, but who did not show signs of abnormal or neurotic behavior. The author points out the reason for considering the patient normal. The second case was that of a child with a reading problem, on a psychologic basis. Subsequent cases deal with children who displayed neurotic or other behavior requiring psychiatric care.

The cases were selected by the author from various clinics. In addition to the discussions of each case, there is a

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