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March 27, 1978

Adolescents in Health and Disease

JAMA. 1978;239(13):1326. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280400066028

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There are now several textbooks that describe in detail the diseases most often afflicting adolescents. Dr Daniel's unique book focuses instead on normal adolescent growth, the interaction of adolescence with illness and disability, and the approach to the adolescent patient.

Dr Daniel begins with an excellent review of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial growth and development during adolescence. He describes clearly the concerns with variations of normal growth, identity formation, sexuality, and parent-adolescent relationships, including the parental view. He defines the participation of adolescents in school, in society, and in the health care system. Considerable attention is given to normal developmental tasks and to the way adolescents and their families cope with illness, handicapping conditions, and death.

Dr Daniel surveys the major health problems of adolescents, stressing the psychosocial aspects of each problem and its management, as well as the practical office approach. These problems include disorders of male and female