Book Reviews
May 1950

Enuresis or Bedwetting.

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By R. J. Batty, M.D. Second edition. Price, 9s. 6d. Pp. 103, with 9 figures and illustrations. New York: Staples Press, Inc., 1948.

Am J Dis Child. 1950;79(5):970-971. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1950.04040010987016

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This little book, written by an experienced English clinician, is said to be the only monograph in the English language dealing with enuresis. It contains much that is excellent in relation to the organic factors involved in the condition, though small importance is placed on the etiologic and therapeutic factors of its emotional aspects.

It may be that enuresis in England stems from causes unlike those in America. The author's statements that "oxyuriasis is present in more than 31 per cent of my cases," that "I have made it a rule to begin treatment of all enuretics with an anthelmintic" and that "one-third of those who had tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy were cured of their bedwetting immediately" reflect a point of view at variance with that of American observers.

There is a long bibliography of more than 95 references, of which only 5 are to articles published since 1940. Those especially

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