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October 1955

A Dynamic Psychopathology of Childhood.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;90(4):479-480. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.04030010481023

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This volume by Lauretta Bender and various collaborators is a collection of various publications from the children's service of the psychiatric division of the Bellevue Hospital, in New York City. It constitutes the third in a series of volumes from this service. As is usually the case in collections of papers, there is considerable unevenness in the character of the various chapters, which cover such varied subjects as the psychology of the development of language and the symbol, hallucinations in children, imaginary companions, internalization of fantasy objects in the development of children, impulsions, compulsions and obsessions, sexual expression of identification conflicts, children's reaction to death in the family, psychoanalytic remarks on "Alice in Wonderland" and Lewis Carroll, comic books and the ideology of children, and children's reactions to war. Fortunately these papers have been revised editorially and brought up to date.

The richness of the clinical material of the children's

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