October 1966

Learning and Its Disorders: Clinical Approaches to Problems of Childhood; Vol I.

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By I.N. Berlin, MD, and S.A. Szurek, MD. Price, $5.95. Pp 288. Science and Behavior Books, Inc, 577 College Ave, Palo Alto, Calif 94306, 1965.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(4):448. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730160112026

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Learning And Its Disorders is a collection of papers by Drs. Berlin, Szurek, and co-workers. The authors' chief postulate is that a majority of learning failures at school stem from distorted preschool experiences. Most of the book explores this idea and its practical applications. The book discusses how dynamic psychiatry can contribute to educational settings particularly in relationship to students' ego growth.

The volume is divided into six sections: "Beginnings of Learning and Its Distortions;" "The Teacher's Role and His Problems;" "Community Psychiatry and the Schools;" "Antisocial Behavior as Failure and Distortion in Learning;" "Learning as the Therapeutic Tool in a School Anti-Delinquency Project;" and "Therapeutic Efforts in Learning Disturbances." Papers in most of the sections were originally written for a variety of journals. They range from Johnson and Szurek's original contribution "The Genesis of Antisocial Acting-Out in Children and Adults" to a number of

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