Book Reviews
September 1950

Your Child's Mind and Body: A Practical Guide for Parents.

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By Helen Flanders Dunbar, M.D. Price, $2.95. Pp. 324. Random House, Inc., 457 Madison Ave., New York 22, 1949.

Am J Dis Child. 1950;80(3):531. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1950.04040020542026

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This book by one of the nation's authorities on psychosomatic medicine is intended to be a practical guide for parents in the rearing of their children. It is divided into nine chapters covering such subjects as sleeping, eating, playing, parental love, obedience, illness due to emotional conflicts, minor and major crimes and the child as a parent.

The approach is quite different from that of most books on child care. Throughout, the psychiatric point of view is stressed. How conflicts resulting from parental mistakes lead to excessive illness, accident proneness and emotional instability in adolescent and adult life is explained in the text and by case illustrations.

"Diarrhoea and vomiting may suggest that the individual is trying to rid himself of feelings of guilt."

"Such a skin disorder as acne may be an unconscious symbol of guilt and self-punishment."

"Even the common cold frequently has its emotional roots: you are

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