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November 1939

Seelischer Gesundheitsschutz.

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By Heinrich Meng. Price, 8 fr., paper. Pp. 223, with 3 illustrations. Basel: Beno Schwalbe & Co., 1939.

Am J Dis Child. 1939;58(5):1149. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1939.01990100231019

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The mental hygiene movement is slowly entering into middle age. In the thirty odd years of its existence a voluminous literature has accumulated, the nature of which—to put it broadmindedly—is deserving of much criticism and perhaps as much praise. The qualifications for authorship have up to now at least been unlimited. Psychiatrists, being familiar with the development of the central nervous system and the possible deviations from normal function of its various parts, naturally have been cautious in their "educational campaigns" for mental health. Child guides and social workers on the other hand, with their lack of practical knowledge of physiology and just enough understanding of psychology to rush in where the proverbial "angels fear to tread," have stopped at little or nothing in their attempt to spread the gospel of mental hygiene. The results of this dilemma are known to every pediatrician.

The book under present consideration offers a

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