The author of this book is a practicing pediatrician in Vienna and a follower of freudian teachings. As the title of the book suggests, the subject is handled from a practical point of view. No particular theories are emphasized and enlarged on; the author manages to keep his balance fairly well in spite of his freudian leanings.
He first gives a historical review of the subject and of the development of new ideas in the field of child psychology. It is to be regretted that in this chapter, as in the rest of the book, he completely ignores any contribution outside of the German literature. He apparently is ignorant of the tremendous development that has taken place in this field in the United States. After a sketchy description of the emotional and instinct life of the child, he gives an outline of the most important points in training the child.