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November 2001

Witches, Pubertal Development, and "Minimal Risk"

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(11):1195-1196. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.11.1195

A FEW YEARS AGO, we rented the videotape of Roald Dahl's book The Witches. My kids generally like Dahl, especially Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and we thought that The Witches might be a fun movie. It was a big mistake. The movie starts out in the home of a happy, loving family. It evokes Disneylike comfort and charm. The attentive parents are going out to dinner, and their son is staying with his grandmother. He is scared because his parents are leaving. They assure him that they will be home soon and kiss him good night. Then things start to go bad.

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