A milestone in the history of pediatrics was created 30 years ago when two pediatricians engaged in practice as well as research and teaching wrote a book, slanted toward the practitioner, on child psychology and behavior problems. The Bakwins' Psychologic Care During Infancy and Childhood (Appleton Century, New York, 1942) is the predecessor of this book which is justifiably enjoying a fourth edition. It has become a classic in its field, probably because it is clear and comprehensive without being encyclopedic in scope or burdened with unproved psychiatric theories and the jargon of the analysts. This edition has been expanded, rewritten extensively, and is presented in agreeable format with a handsome binding characteristic of the publishers.
In the outstanding preface, which should be appreciated by everyone interested in the care of children, it is pointed out that we are leaving the disturbing era of "minimal cerebral damage" and are engrossed