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December 8, 1956

Other People's Children

JAMA. 1956;162(15):1425. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970320073027

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The author of this book is a judge in a juvenile court. With a minimum of exposition, she presents her message through a series of absorbing and well-written case reports. Each report is different and many are heart breaking, but they will give the professional man or layman a clearer idea of the factors that determine the future course of a child's life—what starts a child on the road to delinquency and what steps could have been taken to prevent such a course. Unfortunately our facilities for caring for children who are in trouble are inadequate and are often of a nature to aggravate rather than remedy the trouble. More people should recognize the part that society as a whole plays in producing the misfit and the delinquent. Time after time, it is brought out how important to a child are its own parents, whatever their failings, and its own

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