This book edited by Dr. Lauretta Bender, Dr. Paul Schilder's widow, consists essentially of a selection of his writing under the appropriate title of Contributions to Developmental Neuropsychiatry.
One is struck immediately by two aspects of the book—the broad range of subjects covered and the dates of some of the contributions. Both of these aspects are significant, since they serve to demonstrate both Schilder's originality and creativity and his role as "an anticipatory catalyst."1 Many of the topics that Schilder first wrote about in the 1920's and 1930's are not only current subjects for investigation, but are also fundamental contributions. Whether he discusses primitive perception and the construction of the object or language, thought and symbol formation, he demonstrates a basic approach that is a synthesis of a multifactorial philosophy. At no time did Schilder approach a problem from a restricted point of view. Psychoanalytic knowledge either complemented his