August 1964

Brain Damage in Children: The Biological and Social Aspects.

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By Herbert G. Birch, MD, PhD, Editor. Price, $5.95. Pp 199, with 13 illustrations. The Williams and Wilkins Company, Baltimore, Md 21202, 1964.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;11(2):226-227. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720260120019

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This book is an outgrowth of a conference which was sponsored by the Association for the Aid of Crippled Children at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia late in 1962. The format which Dr. Birch, the editor and the coauthor of two important sections, has chosen renders this work eminently readable and thought-provoking, consisting not only of the original presentations but also of a summary of the spirited discussion which followed each paper. These discussions constitute a valuable addition in that one can find in them many spontaneous reactions to the concepts presented in the original material which could not have been included by the authors without making their presentation unduly ponderous. The disciplines of pediatrics, psychiatry, epidemiology, experimental, clinical and social psychology, neurology, and sociology are represented, and their inclusion represents a measure of the complexity and pervasiveness of the problems of the so-called "brain-damaged" child.

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