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Winnicott, D.W. (1938). Child Psychiatry: By Leo Kanner. (Baillière, Tindall and Cox, London, 1937. Pp. xviii + 528. Price 27 s.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 19:362-363.

(1938). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 19:362-363

Child Psychiatry: By Leo Kanner. (Baillière, Tindall and Cox, London, 1937. Pp. xviii + 528. Price 27 s.)

Review by:
D. W. Winnicott

This text-book, which has Prefaces by Dr. Adolf Meyer and Dr. Edwards A. Park, is built on a comprehensive scale and has at present no rival. It is the natural product of the organization at the Johns Hopkins Hospital of opportunity for co-operation between pediatrics and psychiatry, and colossal indeed must be the clinic of which Dr. Kanner is the head. The amount of work implied in the case material is enough to take away the breath of anyone actively engaged in such work and familiar with its time-eating quality.

Moreover, the type of the case material given is indicative of satisfactory contact between social worker and patient, the latter being always reckoned as a human being with a body, an intellect and feelings.

An attempt is made to embrace the whole of child psychiatry, and the result is a certain tedium which is perhaps inevitable in so ambitious a work.

In Part I, after a statement of basic principles, a hundred pages is given to examination and diagnosis. Following this is a chapter on therapeutics. This is the least satisfactory part of the book, and gives the reader warning that he must not expect to find in subsequent pages much that is of value to the scientific psychologist.

Part II is in three sections.

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