Second edition. By Leo Kanner. Price, $8.50. Pp. 752, with 3 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1949.
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This is an extensively revised edition of the first American textbook on child psychiatry, published originally in 1935. In it one finds the bons mots, humorous anecdotes and apt case studies which characterize the author as a teacher. As one reads the book one can almost smell the smoke of the cigar which is so much a part of the Kanner profile.
This edition is more easily read than its predecessor because it does not contain the complicated and confusing (for the average reader) terminology of the psychobiologic formulations conceived by Dr. Adolph Meyer, and because Kanner has taken a more conciliatory attitude toward psychoanalytic concepts. The attacks on psychoanalysis which marred the first edition have been deleted; psychoanalytic principles are presented, but it is unfortunate that condensation in this part of the presentation has fostered incompleteness so that whether the material as written here will have value to the
Child Psychiatry.. Am J Dis Child. 1950;80(2):359. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1950.04040020368018