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Bed-Wetting: Origins and Treatment

BARBARA STARFIELD, MD, MPH
Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(8):908-909. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120090118035.
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This short, readable monograph is essentially an anecdotal account of the author's experiences with problems of bed-wetting in his practice of psychology. Although addressed to both the general reader and the professional involved in the problem of bed-wetting, the most receptive audience is likely to be those parents, children, and professionals who do not realize that enuresis is extraordinarily common. The first chapter is an objective review of the most widely cited causes of enuresis, all of which the author believes to be erroneous and unsupportable. The second chapter clearly presents data on the magnitude of the problem of enuresis; although the wide variability from study to study is stressed, there is little insight into reasons that might explain such differences. The succeeding chapters are an increasingly melodramatic account of the author's experiences with individual children among the group of 55 whom he followed up for over 12 years, and

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