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May 16, 1980

Encyclopedia of Pediatric Psychology

Author Affiliations

Milford Family & Child Guidance Clinic Milford, Conn

JAMA. 1980;243(19):1953. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300450055031

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The authors provide an exhaustive systematic presentation organized alphabetically into "144 medical/psychological problems," which range from specific medical diagnoses frequently made in a primary health care setting to sections on hospitalization, developmental assessment, and behavior therapy. As a supplement to a comprehensive pediatric text, it could be invaluable, although at times redundant.

As a reference work of 933 pages with 18 pages of glossaries, and 128 pages of references in a field first named Pediatric Psychology in 1967, it represents either a sign of a proclivity for writing articles or a lack of specific reference to the contributions of the established medical specialties of child psychiatry, psychiatry, and pediatrics. Fortunately, Kanner, Freud, Nelson, et al are all found in the references.

Despite the aforementioned and the imbalance of the presentation (ie, hemophilia, 13 pages, vs dwarfism, 2 1/2 pages, and behavior therapy, 19 pages, vs psychotherapy, zero pages), this text