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January 3, 1972

Modern Perspectives in International Child Psychiatry

Author Affiliations

Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center Norwalk, Conn

JAMA. 1972;219(1):90. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190270060031

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This volume is one of three in the series, "Modern Perspectives in Psychiatry." Two of the volumes, including the one here reviewed, are devoted to child psychiatry. A variety of subjects is discussed helpfully, starting with intrauterine hazards, through birth and early infancy, to mother-child and father-child relations. The clinical part includes discussion on electrocerebral activity and sleep disturbances, psychosomatic conditions, psychogenic retardation and organic psychosis.

A comprehensive discussion of school problems and residential care of children is followed by a very interesting article on the strategy of follow-up study, which is so important in improving our ability to better predict the outcome of emotional problems in childhood.

However, the word "modern," in the title, promises more than it fulfills. Indeed, although this book is comprehensive and includes a variety of important topics, much new information is missing, eg, the use of imipramine in enuretic children, or the salutary effects