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February 4, 1983

Pediatrics, Neurology, and Psychiatry— Common Ground: Behavioral, Cognitive, Affective, and Physical Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence

JAMA. 1983;249(5):654. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330290072039

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Pediatrics, Neurology, and Psychiatry—Common Ground is a greatsounding title. Three specialties working together on complex medical problems is a dream seldom realized. This book, written by two child neurologists and a consultant in child psychiatry, reflects some of the problems.

The book has three main parts. The first, "General Considerations," deals briefly with the suggestion that all three disciplines work together and then reviews in more depth the central and peripheral nervous systems. Part 2, "Major Clinical Problems," covers 17 subjects, from autism, depression, hysteria, behavioral regression, enuresis, hyperactivity, memory problems, mental retardation, and learning problems to drug abuse and the dying child. The various chapters in part 2 have the same format, namely, diagnosis, differential diagnosis, etiology, treatment, and prognosis. Each has a section on correlation, including anatomic, biochemical, and physiological aspects of the particular problem. Numerous graphs and case histories are used throughout. Part 3, the conclusion, is