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October 7, 1944

Infants Without Families: The Case For and Against Residential Nurseries

JAMA. 1944;126(6):400-401. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850410070036

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This small book, written by the daughter of Sigmund Freud and by her American colleague, is based on observations made at the Hampstead Nursery. Throughout the war period the monthly reports by Miss Freud and Mrs. Burlingham detailing their observations of their small charges and describing and commenting on the numerous psychologic and practical problems presented by a group of small children separated from their parents and subjected to London blitz warfare have been followed with deep interest by educators and child specialists. The present volume is based on material presented in these reports.

The subtitle "The Case For and Against Residential Nurseries" points to the most interesting feature of this account of child development. The authors show how, in some respects, residential care seems to offer some practical, if temporary, advantages over the care that these children would receive in their own homes, but also how those aspects of

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