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May 1964

Pediatric Psychiatry.

Author Affiliations

Hale F. Shirley, MD. Price, $10. Pp 796. Harvard University Press, 79 Garden St, Cambridge, Mass 02138, 1963.

Am J Dis Child. 1964;107(5):545-546. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1964.02080060547027

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In this publication Pediatric Psychiatry, Dr. Hale Shirley draws heavily on his 30 years of clinical and teaching experience as well as on the literature in several professional fields in presenting those concepts of child development, pediatrics, and child psychiatry which are fundamental to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of emotional and behavioral disabilities in children and to the promotion of the mental health of childhood. Written in a well-organized, very readable style, the book consists of four major sections. Part one, aimed at integrating the increasing body of knowledge in the basic medical sciences into concepts of human development and behavior, includes topics such as pediatrics and the mental health of childhood; and the nature of the child, viewed as a psychobiological and social organism and as a learning and communicating organism. It considers intrinsic factors in personality development,—the instinctual drives, the physical, psychological and social needs, and the

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