January 1954

The Battle for Mental Health.

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By James Clark Moloney, M.D. Price, $3.50. Pp. 105. Philosophical Library, Inc., 15 E. 40th St., New York 16, 1952.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;87(1):123-124. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050090123021

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Dr. Moloney is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in adult practice who early became interested in the origins of mental health, or ill health, in infancy. He was one of the group of psychiatrists, pediatricians, obstetricians, and other professionals who founded the Cornelian Corner in Detroit in order to study and foster such trends as self-regulation of feeding, breast feeding, and the rooming-in of newborn infants with their mothers, which seemed to offer hope of bettering child-parent relationships. He observed the emotional stability of the Okinawans under severe stress in war, which he attributed largely to the warm permissiveness with which they were cared for in infancy.

In this book Dr. Moloney makes a vigorous plea for more warmth and permissiveness in infant care in America as one antidote for our considerable mental and social ill health. He lays the blame on such factors as rigidity in infant feeding, overemphasis on

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