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August 22, 1925

The Challenge of Childhood. Studies in Personality and Behavior.

JAMA. 1925;85(8):632. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670080076037

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In this volume, following a general introduction, Dr. Wile presents the histories of fifty children studied from the physical, the intellectual, the emotional and the social sides with a view to setting forth concretely typical instances involving problems of child care, such as may occur in any home or in any community. The work is essentially, therefore, a contribution to social medicine and an attempt to serve the coming generation in meeting the problems of disease, vice, crime, invalidism, poverty, perversion of function and delinquency at their sources or during their development, and not after the child has become a charge on the community. Dr. Wile, in discussing individual instances, gives facts of importance regarding many similar cases, and calls attention to the scope of the various problems. It is his hope, by studies of the individual child, to establish an understanding that will permit it to fulfil its destiny

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