This book is the product of the author's experience in the study and treatment of patients brought to the Stanford University Pediatric Psychiatric Unit and of his efforts as a teacher of medical students and resident pediatric staff members to make a basic training in child psychiatry a useful part of their training for pediatric and general practice. "It is intended to be an introduction to the subject; a primer as it were."
The author has succeeded well in his announced intention to keep his language simple but has not succeeded quite so well in observing another of his objectives, brevity. For example, under basic concepts in child guidance he has a discussion of enuresis that is repeated under development and habit training. In both of these, he repeats all the timeworn and largely discarded medical treatments for enuresis, even including Kragnogorski's inhuman and ineffective method of giving 5 Gm.