Medicine: Growing Up

In Detroit last week, one 12-year-old boy was fatally stabbed by another 12-year-old in an argument after a basketball game. A 17-year-old, stabbed a few days earlier in similar circumstances, is still recuperating. Police laid out exhibits of lethal weapons, many of them homemade, carried by adolescents, and the cry was promptly raised: "Let's get tough with juvenile delinquents."

From Ann Arbor, where University of Michigan officials are planning a separate center for the psychiatric treatment of adolescents, came both a defense of the nation's youth and some pointed advice to parents. "Sensationalism notwithstanding," said Psychiatrist James C. Flanagan, "it is simply...

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