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September 5, 1977

Helping Troubled Children

JAMA. 1977;238(10):1075-1076. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280110079034

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I disagree with the author when he says that this book is meant for nonpsychiatric professionals. I find that the clarity of thinking and ability to express ideas in simple everyday language is a skill that every child psychiatrist should try to develop and maintain. However, most of the readers of this journal are physicians of various specialties, and if they are interested in knowing more about troubled children, they surely will learn a lot from this volume.

Rutter is a master in his ability to convey complex thoughts in a readable manner easily followed. Despite the fact that some may disagree with his concept of schizophrenia occurring only later in childhood, what comes through is a tolerant and nondogmatic approach. It is rewarding to see that the author did not neglect to speak about temperamental attributes. A child's temperament and character have an important association with future development of