August 1951

Die Eigenart der kindlichen Hirntaetigkeit.

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By Albrecht Peiper. Price, $7.55. Pp. 512, with 148 figures. Georg Thieme, Thomas Kirchhof 21, Leipzig C. 1 (Rusian zone), 1949.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;82(2):257. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040040270019

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This certainly is a unique book. The author has devoted more than 25 years to intensive studies of the functions of the nervous system of the child and of the not viable fetus, starting with or even before birth in the studies of immaturely born (premature) infants. During this time 116 papers have been published by the author and his associates on this problem. The author's approach is based on experimental studies, with graphic recordings and exact clinical observations. He emphasizes the worthlessness of child psychology for this fundamental problem and also demonstrates that histological examinations of the central nervous system cannot be used to explain the functions and the development of the nervous system of the child as they can be for the adult. Utilizing the methods and principles of the work of Pavlov, Magnus and others in experimental animal physiology, the author has developed exact methods for recording

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