In the past two decades pediatricians have become increasingly aware of the role of emotional factors in child development and children's diseases. Psychiatrists have attempted to communicate with pediatricians but often unsuccessfully. Of the various reasons, not the least is use of an esoteric language. Yet the problem of informing the pediatrician of progress in child psychiatry remains a crucial one today, as is the problem of making him more comfortable in dealing with emotional aspects of the child's personality and of his family.
Dr. Shirley has been a pioneer in attempting to fill this gap between pediatrics and psychiatry. Fifteen years ago he published Psychiatary for Pediatri