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January 1962

Psychosomatic Aspects of Paediatrics.

Am J Dis Child. 1962;103(1):109. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1962.02080020113031

Here is a book refreshingly different—different in that it focuses on matters psychological without an air of dogma or defensiveness. Nor does it offer any pat panacea for global neurosis. Neither scolding pediatricians for having overlooked their obligations and responsibilities to youthful patients nor resorting to testimonial endorsement of how to tell teen-agers about sex, it approaches the reader as a reasonably intelligent individual who doesn't need to have it proven that the mind and body are closely intertwined.

The outgrowth of a series of meetings intended to provide pediatricians with an "opportunity for the discussion of clinical problems, to tell them something of current psychological and psychopathological theories, to discuss some rather philosophical aspects of the idea of 'causation' in this field, and, finally, to unite the clinical, psychological and philosophical aspects in a session on the planning of research," this volume does what it set out to do—communicates

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