September 1960

Clinical Management of Behavior Disorders in Children.

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Second Edition. By Harry Bakwin, M.D., and Ruth Morris Bakwin, M.D. Price, not given. Pp. 597, with frontispiece and 21 illustrations. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 5, 1960.

Am J Dis Child. 1960;100(3):456-457. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1960.04020040458024

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Although this text is designed to allay the anxieties of pediatricians and others concerned with the behavioral manifestations of illness in children, it may well make several readers quite uncomfortable for various reasons. Physicians who have been taught during their medical school days not to treat symptoms, but to look upon symptoms as leads to diagnoses, will find that this book approaches the behavior disorders of children from an almost purely symptomatic point of view. Readers who appreciate a consistent psychologic framework for the explanation of personality development and for help in understanding deviations will find this lacking. Pediatricians and others who are interested in the serious forms of behavior disorders and wish to know when and how to refer them to psychiatric facilities will discover a deficit here, also. This is especially true in the discussion of the psychotic conditions.

It is apparent that the Doctors Bakwin have not

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