Medicine: MOTHER KNOWS BEST

MANY topnotch psychologists and psychiatrists have been edging up to the revolutionary idea that perhaps they are not, after all, the Supreme Court in matters of child rearing: giving parents a rigid set of rules on how to raise their kids might be all wrong. At a Toronto mental-health congress in the last two weeks, this feeling reached a climax: mother and father know best.

The learned delegates stressed the need for more effective psychiatric help in cases where parents fail to accept and love a child or to help it develop a sense of individuality. But top authorities roundly denounced some...

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