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Progress in Pediatrics
August 1931

THE MENACE OF PSYCHIATRY

Am J Dis Child. 1931;42(2):376-402. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1931.01940140116011
Abstract

When your president honored me by asking me to address the New England Pediatric Society I submitted several subjects on which I might speak. Among them I had very hesitatingly placed the title of the present paper. When I received his reply saying that it would be "very nice" if I would discuss the menace of psychiatry, I confess that I broke out into a cold perspiration and had a bad night. From that reaction I have not yet fully recovered. I still feel keenly the hazard of perhaps prematurely attemping a critical evaluation of a very popular movement that has a tremendous momentum and that has not yet reached its acme. It is as though I had come to Boston twenty years ago and had questioned percentage feeding or had foreseen a menace ten years ago in the general propaganda of weighing and measuring all children. Other considerations enter

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