By Homer T. Lane. Preface by A. S. Neill. Price, $2.75. Pp. 217. Hermitage Press, Inc., 8 E. 61st St., New York 21, 1949.
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Homer Lane (1876-1925) was an American-born educator who developed a specialized interest in rehabilitation of delinquent youths and became director of a self-governing reformatory in England His experience with deviations in behavior led him to look for the causes in the early years of life. After a lapse of twenty-four years, several of his friends arranged to have the present selection from his writings and lectures published. At first thought it might well be supposed that this volume would be of historical interest only, but the truth is that time has had no effect on the relevancy of Lane's thinking. The principles of preventive mental hygiene are expressed as clearly here as by the writers of today. One even finds a well supported plea for "demand feeding" of infants (page 45).
Early in the book the author states: "The attitude of the enlightened parent should be one of reverence and
Talks to Parents and Teachers: Insight into the Problems of Childhood.. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;81(4):605-606. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040030616017