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Blank, H.R. (1977). Explorations in Child Psychiatry: Edited by E. James Anthony. New York and London: Plenum Press, 1975. 500 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 46:692-693.

(1977). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 46:692-693

Explorations in Child Psychiatry: Edited by E. James Anthony. New York and London: Plenum Press, 1975. 500 pp.

Review by:
H. Robert Blank

This book is a natural outgrowth of Anthony's long-standing enthusiastic devotion to the development of research in child psychiatry. Here he attempts to bridge "the gap between research as formally reported and research as informally lived and experienced, so as to provide a more authentic portrayal of the process of investigation as it actually exists." His sixteen co-authors, all practicing child psychiatrists, most of them psychoanalysts, were invited to join him in presenting their scientific autobiographies, indicating the influences that led them into research and the development of their research interests and philosophies, including summaries of their findings.

Almost all of the authors took the formidable invitation seriously; this plus Anthony's excellent articles and editing have produced an interesting, frequently stimulating volume. Anthony's four-part General Introduction is a most refreshing treatment of the subject. He defines what is and what is not research, emphasizing the rich diversity of possibilities rather than the constraints imposed by research. Sensitive consideration is given to the needs of the child as research subject. Clinicians, he says, should not be deterred by the lack of research training, as they explore the research potentials of their hunches.

Most of the contributions are grouped under the type of research described: "Organically Based Research" with contributions by Dennis P. Cantwell, L. Eugene Arnold, and M. W. Laufer; "Developmental Research" with contributions by Louis W.

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