September 1964

Something Wrong With His Brain

Author Affiliations

University of California Los Angeles, Calif 90024

Am J Dis Child. 1964;108(3):219-220. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1964.02090010221001

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Although fashions in medical care change more slowly than do those in feminine apparel, the movements are subject to some of the same pressures. Physicians, because of their own background and professional bias, may resent changes in diagnostic groupings and, therefore, adopt new diagnostic ideas reluctantly. Parents at times exert pressures to suit their own needs. They are particularly prone to urge diagnoses and embrace concepts that remove them as individuals from responsibility for a child's behavior. Their desire for the health of their child at times leads to overly optimistic hopes of nature's repair. This is particularly true in the field of behavior pathology. Here the concept of change-through-growth without medical treatment becomes especially manifest.

In recent years, along with other medical "splinter" groups, there has been the rise of a concept concerned with "brain damage" or "the neurologically handicapped child." This interest has been pushed at us by

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