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April 9, 1932

Psychology and Psychiatry in Pediatrics: The Problem.

JAMA. 1932;98(15):1326. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730410090036

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This volume represents another of the reports of the subcommittees of the White House Conference; it is concerned largely with defining the position of psychiatry in medicine and of the psychiatrist in medical practice. The book urges the general practitioner to give more attention to this subject and it implores pediatricians to cooperate with the phychiatrist in their studies. The committee feels that it is in the interest of both the child and the physician that psychiatric care of children should be in the hands of medically trained persons, but it is recognized that physicians have neglected their duty. A warning is implied that lay workers will take over the field unless physicians indicate their willingness to assume the obligation. The volume concludes with an analysis of various groups recognized for child guidance study and with especial reference to the Child Guidance Institute and its accomplishments.