This issue of the Revista de Neurologia e Psiquiatria de São Paulo is devoted to a review of the psychoanalytically oriented work of the São Paulo Child Guidance Clinic.
This clinic was founded in 1938 with the recognition and support of the São Paulo State education authroities, for the purpose of supervising mental
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hygiene in public schools. The foundation of the clinic is due to the personal initiative of Dr. Durval Marcondes, foremost psychiatrist and psychoanalyst of the City of São Paulo. His staff includes two psychiatrists, an examining physician, four psychologists and six psychiatric social workers. Dr. Marcondes has been analyzed and has had a thorough training in psychoanalytic theory and method, requirements for each of his collaborators. The organization of the clinic is similar to that of the New York Institute of Child Guidance.
In Mental Hygiene in Schools Through Clinical Guidance for Children, Dr. Marcondes first sketches the development of the American Mental Hygiene and Child Guidance movement, and then describes the activities of the São Paulo clinic and reports a typical case which has been successfully treated through the application of psychoanalytically oriented techniques to the maladjusted child.
Dr. Marcondes contributes a second paper on the problems of mentally handicapped children. Dr. Jose Inacio Lobo, examining physician, and Dr. Mario Velez, psychiatrist, discuss hypogonadism in 'normal' and 'problem' children. Dr. Joi Arruda considers the advisability and means of collecting statistics about psychogenic disturbances. Dr. Mario Velez discusses psychomotor disturbances. Miss Virginia Leone Bicudo, visiting psychiatrist, describes the possibilities of treating and advising teachers and parents of difficult children. In the concluding article Mrs. Lygia Alcantara treats the problem of the shy or inattentive child and the possibilities of changing its attitude by influencing its parents or teachers.
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Koch, A. (1943). Revista De Neurologia E Psiquiatria De São Paulo. Psychoanal. Q., 12:156-157