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August 16, 1941

The Doctor and the Difficult Child

JAMA. 1941;117(7):574. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820330078029

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This is a book to be welcomed by pediatricians, general practitioners and intelligent laymen, for it lives up to the opening statement of the author's introduction: "This is not a scientific treatise; it is rather an informal discussion of fundamental disturbances of behavior or personality in children and how they can be recognized, investigated and treated." The well organized text is unencumbered by medical terms and theories of treatment. Throughout, the author stresses the necessity of determining the underlying cause of the disturbance and the importance of work, security and affection in maintaining a healthy child. Numerous case histories amplify each point. The pediatrician and general practitioner will find the suggestions for diagnosis through interpretation of the child's play, drawing and conversation valuable in their own work. Laymen will not only learn what to expect of normal children but will gain an excellent foundation for understanding their children and for

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