Child Psychiatry

I. Kolvin and A. MacMillan

In: Recent Advances in Clinical Psychiatry 1976; 2:296-350

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Reprinted from Recent Advances in Clinical Psychiatry Volume 2, K. Granville-Grossman (ed.), "Child Psychiatry", I. Kolvin and A. MacMillan, pp. 296-350, (©Churchill Livingstone, 1976).


Advances in the study of mental subnormality had, until the mid-sixties, been more rapid than progress in the general field of child psychiatry. Tizard (1966) attributed this rapid progress to the willingness of research workers in the former field to use scentfic methods and suggested that other areas of child psychiatry may have lagged behind because clinicians were less 'interested in posing questions that permit of scientific answers'.

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