The management of emotional disorders in children poses the greatest challenge to the present day practicing pediatrician. With the virtual disappearance of bacterial infection and the infrequent necessity for hospitalization of his patients, the pediatrician finds that the emotional problems are of major importance. There has been a distinct increase in the number of children requiring psychologic and psychiatric help.
Dr. J. Schulman in his timely book has indicated to the pediatrician the methods of diagnosis and handling. In the past many pediatricians have resisted the change of emphasis in pediatric practice and the reasons for this are not difficult to understand. He has felt inadequate and uncomfortable with emotional disorders. This is due to the deficiencies in the medical school curriculum and resident training.
The first two chapters deal with psychodynamics and the psychopathology and management of behavior disorders. The three drives in the