Medicine: The Child's Psyche

In grade school, Fred looked like the ideal American boy: he was a straight "A" student, captained his class soccer team, and was popular with both boys and girls. But at home, Fred was a finicky eater, drank only water and nonfat milk, and always went to his room when family friends called. And he was annoyed by his father's suggestion that they join other fathers and sons in neighborhood games.

Soon after he started junior high, Fred became a real problem. In the mornings he vomited and complained of bellyaches, so he got out of school. When doctors found nothing wrong,...

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