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December 3, 1949

Childhood & After: Some Essays and Clinical Studies

JAMA. 1949;141(14):1030. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910140070035

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Abstract

This is a collection of essays and clinical studies, almost all of which have been published previously, between 1928 and 1945. Two or three do not deal directly with children but are included as they contribute to the understanding of the important relationship between childhood mental life and subsequent emotional development. Some of the papers require considerable technical knowledge for understanding, but by and large most can be read by the educator and others interested in child rearing, even without psychiatric training. This is true for such chapters as the one on educational value of the nursery school and the discussion of fatherless children. The more technical papers will be difficult for those not psychoanalytically oriented.

This little volume, in some sections, particularly representative of the views of Melanie, shows the high order of perceptiveness about the mental processes of the child for which the author is widely known. Every

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