Book Reviews
September 1950

Pediatrics and the Emotional Needs of the Child, As Discussed by Pediatricians and Psychiatrists at Hershey, Pennsylvania, March 6 to 8, 1947.

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Edited by Helen L. Witmer. Price, $1.50. Pp. 180, with no illustrations. Commonwealth Fund, Division of Publications, 41 E. 57th St., New York 22, 1948.

Am J Dis Child. 1950;80(3):527. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1950.04040020538016

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In this book, 48 contributors of outstanding reputation discuss fully the emotional needs of the child as they see them from their respective fields—pediatrics, psychiatry, social service and nursing. Dr. Milton Senn, of New York, shows the need for longitudinal data in the study of emotions. Dr. A. H. Washburn, of Denver, presents several types of growth curves which seemed to show little or no effect from the environment and wonders whether or not the emotional reactions of a person may not depend as much on his characteristic temperament as on the provocations and frustrations of his environment. Dr. H. A. Murray, of Newark, N. J., emphasizes some of the mouth, anal and genital dynamics of growth and their significance in health and disease.

In Dr. B. M. Spock's opinion (N. Y.), the chief aim of pediatrics should be to avoid giving parents the kind of advice that inevitably

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