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Children shall be seen, not heard; most severely disturbed children are not to be seen or heard. Their unnerving presence is easier to escape from and they can be more easily excluded and contained than their adolescent and adult counterparts. Few people have tried to make contact with them, and Dr. Despert is one.
This collection of her writings will not substitute for clinical experience and real contact; it is not even useful as an introduction to such contact. But for those clinicians who are involved with childhood schizophrenia, this series of monographs can serve as stimulation and clarification of some aspects of the syndrome. The monographs date back to 1937 and are drawn from the many cases Dr. Despert has seen in her long and active practice. There is much attempt to group and categorize case material. There is some elaboration of the various
Franklin BM. Schizophrenia in Children: Collected Papers.. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(6):735-736. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740180119019