Medicine: Children: How to Cure Them

Children live in a world peopled by large, self-confident beings who seem to do what they please but will not let children do what they please. If children brood on this situation too much, or if the situation gets them down, they can develop obsessions, phobias, complexes, neuroses as black-fledged as any grownup's. In general, the symptoms are abnormal behavior—tantrums, lethargy, refusal to eat, overeating, wetting their beds "when they are old enough to know better."

In Manhattan last week nearly 1,000 members and guests of the American Orthopsychiatric Association gathered to discuss the grim problems of childhood. "Orthopsychiatry," the scientific...

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