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February 20, 1954

Essentials of Abnormal Child Psychology: A Survey Representing Twenty-Five Years' Work in the Field of Child Psychology

JAMA. 1954;154(8):726. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940420088039

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The author of this survey of the nature and origins of mental abnormalities has had long training and experience both here and abroad and has worked with Freud, Kraepelin, Jung, and Adler. He interprets the diverse opinions concerning the cause of behavioral abnormalities in children. The book is strong in its careful consideration of the many psychoanalytic writers in the field; its major weakness lies in the author's inevitable acceptance of the analytic interpretation over any other. It calls attention to many areas not widely discussed in the literature, such as the use of child art in diagnosis and the use of "autogenic therapy" in treating children's problems. Although not complete in its coverage of the behavior disorders in childhood schizophrenia and childhood hysteria, depressive and manic disease in childhood, and the abnormal and normal child, infrequently discussed subjects such as ego inflation and ego deflation in childhood and the

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