For some time one of the major criticisms leveled at psychiatry concerns a lack of application of intensive research techniques. It gives, therefore, a sense of pleasure to see clinical research carried out and reported as thoroughly and satisfactorily as is outlined in this book. In order to estimate the differences not only between clinical pictures but attendant circumstances, the authors have made a very thorough study of interactions and relations in a group of children suffering from neurotic, psychosomatic, and physically handicapping conditions.
The problem has been approached from directions concerning both the mother and the child, and both currently and retrospectively. The results suggest that there is a gross difference between the way these psychosomatic children have been handled by their mothers compared with those in the two other groups. Outstanding is the feeling that these mothers have had high expectations of their children during pregnancy but that