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January 1953

CROSSED LATERALITY IN CHILDREN: Report of Pediatric, Psychiatric, and Psychological Aspects of Three Cases

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1953;85(1):20-33. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1953.02050070027003

FOR THE past two decades it has generally been conceded that the pediatric psychiatrist's proficiency has been greatly enhanced by his possession of a basic and sound knowledge of general pediatrics. Only recently, however, has the converse been recognized, namely, that a fundamental understanding of the basic principles of child psychiatry and pediatric psychology was essential to the pediatrician for the ideal conduct of his daily practice. In recent years two clinical factors have given impetus to the acceptance of a broader concept of the scope of pediatrics. The first has been the introduction and development of the psychosomatic aspects of certain disorders in children. The second has been a progressive awareness of the pediatrician as to the role he should play in the early recognition of disturbances of personality presented by his patients. In the diagnosis and treatment of particular cases the pediatrician has now become attuned to the