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September 4, 1943

Lehrbuch der allgemeinen Kinderpsychiatrie einschliesslich der allgemeinen Psychiatrie der Pubertät und Adoleszenz

JAMA. 1943;123(1):64-65. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840360066035

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This is a comprehensive textbook on child psychiatry. The author is a Swiss psychiatrist. He makes it clear that child psychiatry must not be narrowly conceived of as pertaining mainly to major mental illnesses but includes the study of all manner of difficulties, inhibitions and disturbances in psychologic development of the child. He characterizes his point of view as an anthropobiologic one, stemming from the teachings of von Monakow and akin to the psychobiologic approach of Adolph Meyer with its emphasis on envisaging the child "as a whole."

The author presents an orienting survey of the various psychologic approaches to the mental life of the child and discusses "normal" physical and psychologic development. Investigative methods are outlined briefly. In his approach to general psychopathology, a developmental point of view is consistently maintained with emphasis on deviation in tempo of development and in structure. Individual developmental deviations are presented in extenso

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