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August 30, 1913


Author Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Nervous and Mental Diseases, University of California, Medical Department LOS ANGELES

JAMA. 1913;61(9):643-646. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350090011004

It is with a good deal of hesitation that I again present a subject on which I wrote two years ago. The longer I practice among the nervous and the insane, the stronger is the desire to have a hand in preventing their troubles rather than in curing them. The particular reason for this short paper is to bring out a full discussion of the question of prevention.

For a number of years when examining children I have tried to make up my mind as to what kind of adults they were to become. Results have been most disappointing in the main.

The disappointing thing was that I was not succeeding in finding, among children examined who were evidently not up to an average mental and nerve constitution, any classes or types of temperament to indicate their future neurologic or psychiatric dangers. To put it another way, after I had