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July 1937

Clinical Psychology.

Am J Dis Child. 1937;54(1):198-199. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1937.01980010207015

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This book covers the whole field of clinical psychology. In the introduction the author defends the nonmedical psychologist as capable of treating behavior disorders. He uses the term psycho-clinician to designate such a person.

Diagnostic methods—the taking of the history and the physical measurements and the performance of psychometric tests—are carefully described. The problems of mental retardation and retardation in school are considered, as well as special disabilities in school. A chapter is devoted to superior children.

Nearly one half of the book is devoted to behavior problems. This includes a consideration of the factors and attitudes which contribute to these problems. The common symptoms of misbehavior are described. The explanatory matter consists mostly of general and objective descriptions of conditions, with data on their frequency. The exact emotional problems underlying the condition are usually not explained.

The recommended treatment of enuresis consists in restriction of fluids and periodic awakening

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