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January 1955

The Child, His Parents and the Nurse.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;89(1):124. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.02050110140023

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This very understanding book is by Florence Blake, Associate Professor of Nursing Education, University of Chicago, with a foreword by Dr. Adrian H. VanderVeer, formerly Associate Professor of Pediatric Psychiatry, University of Chicago. Its nine chapters help to develop a better understanding of the parent-child relationship from the prenatal time through adolescence. By helping the nurse to this better understanding of human behavior, the book should develop in her a deeper and more sympathetic insight into the adjustment of the husband and wife to the child before and after it is born and the myriad problems which arise in dealing with the behavior of well and of sick infants and children, as well as the psychological aspects of growth, development, and maturity.

Miss Blake stresses the importance of not interrupting the child-mother (or mother-substitute) relationship, especially in illness of the child, so as not to "damage him and cripple his

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