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July 1958

Child Psychiatry.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1958;96(1):111. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1958.02060060113017

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It has now been 10 years since Dr. Kanner has revised his classic textbook on child psychiatry. This present edition has included fewer changes than the revision of 1948 but has brought some newer material into the text. Especially is this true in the description of the very severe emotional disturbances of childhood which fall under the heading of childhood schizophrenia. Dr. Kanner's own interest in this area is represented by his current feelings on the syndrome of autism. In addition, the confusing state of similar clinical pictures is well described, but of current therapeutic approaches only a glimpse is given.

In general, the entire text continues to be more dynamic in its orientation, although in some sections the breakdown of illness by symptom becomes overly elaborate. Viewing the book as the major reference book in this field, it is impressive how quickly certain areas become out of date. This

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