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SPECIAL PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEMS IN CHILDHOOD

ESTHER L. RICHARDS, M.D.
JAMA. 1930;95(14):1011-1015. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720140033008.
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First of all I should like to restate the topic for discussion as "To whom does the health of childhood belong?" The separation of mental health and physical health is a residual of that dark age in the history of medicine when a human organism was divided quite neatly into mind and body. Mind and soul were considered to be the concern of teacher and clergy; body— or everything below the eyebrows—belonged to the physician. It has taken the medical profession decades to realize that a human being functions not in segments of mind and body but as a finely integrated organism; that every instinct and its accompanying emotion affects every cell in the body, making blood circulate faster or slower, gastric juice increase or decrease, glands of internal secretion function or dysfunction. Internal medicine now makes the statement that at least 40 per cent of men and women who

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