By Prof. Dr. Herbert Schönfeld. Boards. Price, 6.40 marks. Pp. 130. Ferdinand Enke, Hasenbergsteige 3, Stuttgart, W., 1951.
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Though not intended as a text limited to strictly medical consumption, this small volume is full of material the German-reading pediatrician would welcome. Not that there is much that is new and spectacular; on the contrary, the discussion brings out the point of view the pediatricians of this country have held for many years. It is a practical philosophy on the emotional development of the child, the different patterns of psychologic reactions exhibited at the various age levels, and the parental responses these reactions generally evoke.
Problems in conduct and behavior are traceable to the genes at times, but more frequently to maternal feelings of incompetency and insecurity. This is brought out in early chapters on "Fehlerhafte Säuglingserziehung" and "Schwererziehbare Säuglinge." Thus the author properly differentiates between results of faulty management of the infant and the infant who is generally considered neuropathic. This distinction, unfortunately, is not too clear to
Kinderarzt und Erziehung für Ärzte, Studierende u. Erzieher.. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1953;86(5):703. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1953.02050080716014