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The author of this little treatise is a children's specialist, not a psychiatrist or a psychologist. He has made his observations at the bedside and in the consulting room. His experience is that of a general practitioner. He believes that the neuroses and psychoses are intimately associated with the constitutional fabric of the individual. He stresses Kretschmer's views, which deal with the relationship of physical type of body and character. He believes that mentality or its perversions, like physique and its variations, are to a greater or lesser degree inherited. He has collected a number of typical cases illustrating tics and neuroses, which he describes in effective detail. He studies the period of rebellious stubbornness ("trotz periode"), which commonly manifests itself about the second year. This is the period when the child begins to recognize to some extent that he must adapt himself in some degree to his environment. He
Grundlagen und Entwicklungsgeschichte der kindlichen Neurose. JAMA. 1931;96(9):714. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720350066034
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