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July 20, 1984

The Psychosocial Aspects of Pediatrics

Author Affiliations

Medical College of Virginia Richmond

JAMA. 1984;252(3):423. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350030081031

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For decades, standard pediatric textbooks have described in minute detail numerous disorders rarely encountered in a lifetime of practice. These same texts have devoted minimal space to the developmental and behavioral problems that may be encountered daily in medical care provision to children. They often have ignored techniques of assessment and management applicable to so many children of frustrated or frightened parents who seek the physician's advice. The recently emphasized need to integrate social, emotional, educational, and cultural factors into the medical care of children and guidance of their families has been hampered by the scarcity of appropriate learning aids.

Dane Prugh has used his training, interest, and extensive experience in both pediatrics and child psychiatry to provide an excellent guide to the psychosocial dimensions of pediatric care. His comprehensive, well-organized text covers general principles, scientific theories, and specific clinical problems. He concentrates on disorders most likely to be managed