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Anthony, E.J. (1957). Annotated Bibliography of Childhood Schizophrenia and Related Disorders: By W. Goldfarb and M. M. Dorsen. (New York: Basic Books, 1956. Pp. vi + 170. $2.50.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 38:286.

(1957). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 38:286

Annotated Bibliography of Childhood Schizophrenia and Related Disorders: By W. Goldfarb and M. M. Dorsen. (New York: Basic Books, 1956. Pp. vi + 170. $2.50.)

Review by:
E. J. Anthony

This little book from the Henry Ittleston Centre for Child Research should prove a boon to all workers in the field of child psychosis, who are already finding it difficult to keep up with the volume of literature that is being steadily poured out on this absorbing topic. The collection of 584 abstracts has an eclectic outlook and includes particulars of biological, social, psychological, and psychodynamic publications, covering a period up to 1954. Two of the fascinations of reading (in about an hour) a collection of this sort are: first, that one emerges from the experience with a feeling of professional omniscience that is very therapeutic for the battered intellectual egos of this over-productive age; and, secondly, given the vantage point of this godlike eye placed on its pinnacle of 1954, one can readily detect the fashionable trends in theory—the mysterious way in which underground intellectual movements affect widely scattered groups so that similar conclusions come to the surface at about the same time. Unfortunately one can also discern how rapidly concepts become dated and almost ludicrous. Even 'facts' are vulnerable to the vicissitudes of time, so that the 'facts' of one age seem to become the fictions of the next. The book also serves to whet our appetite for further reading, and, with time so short, helps us to discriminate between the worthwhile and the valueless. The main criticism one has to offer is that the abstracting is not first-class and does not always give us the 'bones' of an article. It could be wished that such routine matters could be taken out of the hands of enthusiastic amateurs and made the business of some experienced and competent organization like the Excerpta Medica which could from time to time collect and publish similar volumes on important current topics.

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