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March 19, 1938

A Pediatrician in Search of Mental Hygiene

JAMA. 1938;110(12):922-923. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790120064024

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As the title implies, this volume is in no sense a textbook. Rather it is a philosophic discussion of an important problem or group of problems. Some of the questions many pediatricians would like to have answered are "What is the function of the pediatrician in the program of mental hygiene or, more specifically, what shall he do about the psychologic and psychiatric difficulties of his patients; what is the function of the pediatric teacher in these problems; what also is the job of the hospital and clinic?" There is no mathematical answer and, as stated, the arguments must be essentially philosophic. In support of his own argument and in his criticism of those of others, Dr. Crothers brings to bear his usually significant terminology and persuasiveness, and his conclusions, when he reaches them, are to be treated with the respect which his intelligence and experience warrant. He explains that

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