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December 1921

THE NERVOUS CHILD.

Arch NeurPsych. 1921;6(6):720. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1921.02190060127012

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Abstract

This little book so handy in size and so well printed, as is apt to be the case with English books, on lightweight paper, contains a modicum of common sense. The author defines his work as an introduction to the teachings of psychology, physiology, heredity and hygiene as applied to medical work in nurseries and in schools. But it goes beyond any introductory standpoint; it is in places, especially in therapeutic recommendations, baldly concrete and specific.

Nervousness, to Dr. Cameron, seems to mean anything and everything. As a matter of fact, "The Nervous Child" is for him a thread on which he strings many discrete ideas—imitativeness, the child's love of power, the reasoning of childhood, sex teaching, etc. As a matter of fact, actual nervous symptoms and tendencies, such as habit spasm, hysterical phenomena, sleeplessness, receive the most scant treatment, even by way of an introductory statement.

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