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August 1931

The Guidance of Mental Growth in Infant and Child.

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;26(2):463-464. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230080219021

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The subject treated in this book is a striking example of the progress of psychiatry in the last three decades. About the year 1900, psychiatry concerned itself chiefly with the classificaiton of the various clinical manifestations present, and the treatment consisted in the proper housing and care of such patients. Then followed Freud's concept of the psychoneuroses. Whatever one may think of his theories, they nevertheless furnished a bombshell in the old concepts not only of the neuroses but of psychiatry. Today Freud's method is an accepted method of treatment for certain types of neuropsychiatric patients and is becoming more and more rationalized so that psychoanalysts themselves realize that not every type of disease can be treated by this method, and that only certain forms are capable of benefit by such treatment.

Following this came the era of focal infections. This also served to uproot the psychiatric point of view,

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