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July 1963

The Widening World of Childhood: Paths Toward Mastery.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(1):142-143. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860010168028

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If for no other reason, this book should be recommended reading for doctors and teachers who must deal with problem children—and all children are problems at one time or another. The author states that our literature, both medical and lay, is filled with hundreds of articles "concerning adjustment difficulties, social failures, blocked potentialities and defect." "Pioneer courage and the will to do were crystallized in the mottoes of the nineteenth century; in the twentieth century we became preoccupied with failures." One's mind leaps to the comparison between the Alger boys overcoming all and a solitary child in the psychiatrist's office. Be that as it may, Dr. Miller has carried out a series of studies on children from infancy to adolescence, studied their ways of coping with life's difficulties, given many examples of methods and results obtained. She feels optimistic about the future of American children.

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