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September 1955

Clinical Management of Behavior Disorders in Children.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;90(3):371. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.04030010373017

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This is one of the major recent books which aims at increasing understanding of and developing skill in dealing with behavior or emotional problems of children. It contains a great deal of value. The sections on superior intelligence, special talent, mental defect, and pseudofeeblemindedness are excellent. The recent pertinent literature on the care of the physically ill, the handicapped, and the psychophysiological problems is well reviewed.

Three tools are necessary in attempting to treat or prevent behavior problems. The first and basic is the attitude of the physician. He needs to have a warm genuine objective interest in his patients and their parents. This book certainly encourages this point of view. Secondly, the physician needs some kind of reasonable well-organized broad understanding of the complex forces which shape personality development. This is necessary in order to understand the behavior of children and to influence it consciously toward healthy development. In

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