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August 19, 1939

Practical Child Psychotherapy

JAMA. 1939;113(8):708. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800330074027

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The author has provided a short, comprehensive book on practical child psychotherapy presented from a medical point of view. Only those conditions which are most important from the standpoint of the pediatrician and general practitioner are discussed. The author has an intimate knowledge of children and their normal reactions and has used this knowledge to temper and to mold his attitudes as to the appropriate psychotherapeutic methods to be applied in a given case. Throughout the entire presentation the common sense approach is apparent.

The book has two main divisions. In the first there is a brief discussion of the concepts embodied in the various schools of psychology. It is apparent that the author subscribes at least in part to the teachings of the psychoanalytic school. However, when considering the indications for analytic treatment he sharply differentiates the more or less transient abnormalities occurring in children (the type being largely

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