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Eder, M.D. (1924). From Child Life. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 5:201.

(1924). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 5:201

From Child Life

M. D. Eder

The following behaviour which came under the writer's direct observation may be of interest.

A girl child who first saw her father, owing to his absence on service, when she was fifteen months old, daily performed the following ceremony till she was five years old. She daily waited for her father's return from business before going to stool; on his return she brought the chamber into the sitting-room, deposited it at his feet and there defecated. She then handed the chamber to her father sternly for removal from the room. The child was gleeful and often sang or laughed during the ceremony. The presence of a stranger, e.g. myself who was a visitor as friend not as doctor, did not prevent the due execution of the performance. The girl, now eight, is apparently quite normal; her excretory functions are no longer performed in public. No parental injunctions or punishment had been used to stop the earlier habit; on the contrary, the father used to laugh and appear highly amused. It just came to an end when she went to a Kindergarten.

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