July 1962

The Chemistry and Therapy of Behavior Disorders in Children.

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By Herbert Freed, M.D. Price, $4.50. Pp. 78. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1962.

Am J Dis Child. 1962;104(1):103. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1962.02080030105019

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The considerable promise of drugs to modify the action of the brain and so ameliorate behavior in children has not been spectacularly fulfilled. After many years of experience with both stimulants and depressants, the advent of the tranquilizers less than a decade ago seemed destined to modify greatly therapeutic approaches. This has only occurred in part.

In this small but well-organized text, the relevance of the use of drugs in childhood disorders is clearly presented. The author has not only exhaustively surveyed the literature but has presented a readable concept of current thinking in psychopharmacology.

The clinician, however, may well feel disappointed when he comes to the small section on "clinical citations." This is by no means out of keeping with the contrast between the seeming need and the actual performance in behavioral therapy.

More valuable than the nine pages devoted to clinical usage are the thoroughness of the book,

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