December 1963

The Asthmatic Child.

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By Henry I. Schneer, MD. Price, $6.50. Pp 260. Hoeber Medical Division, Harper & Row, Publishers, 49 E 33rd St, New York 16, 1963

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;9(6):637-638. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720180109022

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This volume is an outgrowth of a symposium which dealt with the problems and management, from a psychosomatic approach, of the asthmatic child. Dr. Schneer has compiled 15 papers representing several different frames of reference. Topics range from historical review of the subject to reports of recent research studies, from preventive measures to treatment. Several authors indicate that space did not permit a detailed discussion of certain factors. In these instances, clarity has been sacrificed for brevity. This was especially regrettable in the presentation of case material. Of value to the reader are the references listed at the end of each chapter.

In a chapter pertaining to diagnosis, the author presents a summary review of the historic development of asthma and discusses the diagnosis in relation to physical signs and symptoms.

Lamont poses a question, "which children grow out of asthma," in his presentation of a proposed follow up

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