August 1976

Bed-Wetting: Origins and Treatment

Author Affiliations

School of Hygiene and Public Health The Johns Hopkins University 615 N Wolfe St Stebbins Wing, Room 4502 Baltimore, MD 21205


by Warren R. Bailer, 124 pp, $10.50, paper $5.75, Pergamon Press Inc, 1975.

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(8):908-909. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120090118035

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This short, readable monograph is essentially an anecdotal account of the author's experiences with problems of bed-wetting in his practice of psychology. Although addressed to both the general reader and the professional involved in the problem of bed-wetting, the most receptive audience is likely to be those parents, children, and professionals who do not realize that enuresis is extraordinarily common. The first chapter is an objective review of the most widely cited causes of enuresis, all of which the author believes to be erroneous and unsupportable. The second chapter clearly presents data on the magnitude of the problem of enuresis; although the wide variability from study to study is stressed, there is little insight into reasons that might explain such differences. The succeeding chapters are an increasingly melodramatic account of the author's experiences with individual children among the group of 55 whom he followed up for over 12 years, and

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