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September 1939

Practical Child Psychotherapy.

Arch NeurPsych. 1939;42(3):592-593. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270210230016

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"This book is based on the experience of the author gained when practicing in Berlin over a period of ten years as a child psychotherapist." The title of the volume is an index to its shortcomings as well as its virtues. It creates too much the impression of the possibility of rule-of-thumb treatment, which impression is reenforced by the writer's too great optimism in prognosis. Despite his frequent references to "depth psychology" (with which term he seems to relegate dynamic psychiatry to some esoteric limbo) and the necessity of its use "in certain cases," his approach to the problems of child psychiatry is essentially descriptive and deals with such general concepts as "precocious child," "overexcitable child," "nervous atmosphere," "inappropriate behavior of the father" and "unsatisfactory environment." The therapy is "practical" in the way that child guidance as practiced classically in the United States is practical. The general health is attended

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