May 1983

Pediatrics, Neurology, and Psychiatry: Common Ground

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Rutgers Medical School Piscataway, NJ 08854


by Joel Herskowitz and N. Paul Rosman, 588 pp, $45, New York, Macmillan Publishing Co Inc, 1982.

Am J Dis Child. 1983;137(5):508-509. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1983.02140310086032

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As the title indicates, this book bridges the gaps and explores the interfaces between pediatrics, neurology, and psychiatry. The subjects covered include, among others, autism, depression, regressive behavior, sleep disorders, headaches, seizures, movement disorders, learning disabilities, child abuse and neglect, and aggressive and violent behavior. These disorders are not the sole domain of pediatricians, psychiatrists, or neurologists. Most textbooks that concern themselves with these entities exclusively focus on what is relevant to their own discipline. The result is often a discipline-related interpretation of pathophysiologic and narrowing intervention strategies.

The authors have organized the text in a manner that allows clinical application. Each chapter begins by listing questions that, if answered, would give a clinician core information for more effective problem solving. For example, in the chapter on hysteria, the questions addressed are as follows: "What is the definition of hysteria? Is it a diagnosis of exclusion or inclusion? What organic