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June 2, 1951

Handbook of Child Guidance.

JAMA. 1951;146(5):505. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670050087030

Most books on child psychology, mental hygiene and a multitude of kindred subjects leave the reader puzzled if not frustrated. In many instances it is difficult for one to judge whether a given volume was written for popular consumption, for the social service worker, the psychologist, the physician, or whether it was intended as a "shotgun" combination to appeal to all readers. It is, therefore, refreshing to find a legitimate textbok that is directed primarily to the physician interested in the basic principles of child behavior.

This handbook follows an orderly plan with contents arranged in logical sequence. The subjects are well chosen and prepared by authors of foremost rank, true pioneers in mental health striving toward a better appreciation of the underlying psychology of juvenile conduct.

There are eight sections, starting with a history of the development of child guidance in the United States. This is followed by a

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