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August 1958

Enuresis: A Clinical and Genetic Study (Supp. 114. Vol. 32, of Acta psychiatrica et neurologica scandinavica).

Author Affiliations

By Bertil Hallgren, M.D. Price, not given. Pp. 159. Ejnar Munksgaards Forlag, Norregade 6, Copenhagen, 1957.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1958;96(2):249. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1958.02060060251016

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This monograph, published as a supplement to Acta psychiatrica et neurologica scandinavica, is a carefully written well-organized cautiously presented study of the clinical aspects of enuresis among 229 subjects from two children's psychiatric clinics in Stockholm. Additional data from 173 affected and 530 unaffected members of the same families are included. The author recognizes the lack of random selection in his material.

Some of the carefully worded conclusions which are derived from statistical treatment of the data are confirmations of common clinical experience—that enuresis endures longer in boys than in girls and among those who have never been dry than among those who regress, that heavy sleep is often associated with enuresis, that emotional problems and regressive behavior are more prevalent in the enuretic than the nonenuretic child, and that unfavorable environment may precipitate the symptom by undermining the child's emotional security.

Other conclusions are less widely known or accepted—that

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