"The impulse to write this book grew out of an experience of twenty years of work with children in dispensaries, settlements, schools, penal institutions, and in their own homes. I have been brought face to face with a vast variety of problems involving children, and in the general course of my professional activities, particularly through my Health Class at Mount Sinai Hospital, it has been my frequent privilege to aid other physicians, visiting nurses, teachers, public health nurses, probation officers, social workers, and parents in their dealings with children. Gradually I was made conscious of the need for a book of practical discussions that might serve to assist all these different classes of persons in understanding the nature of many problems of childhood. The children discussed are real children. They are a few of the many whom I have seen at the request of the various groups mentioned. And it is for these workers and parents, and for all those who love children and wish to gain a deeper insight into their nature and manifold problems that I have prepared this book"--Preface. "It is my aim to sink shafts into nature's mines to secure specimens of matrix and child-substance. These we shall study and subject to careful analysis. No two stones are exactly alike. Neither are any two children. The tools and methods used upon the hard, brilliant diamond would crumble a soft opal to dust. Similarly, we cannot subject all children to the same instrumentalities and methods of education. The child is an individual entity. Just as a stone with a flaw in it may be cut so as to minimize its flaw and render it less conspicuous, so the child may be educated (using the word in its broadest sense) in a way to minimize the effects of its inherent or acquired defects. The crystallographer's problem is to make the best possible gem out of the uncut stone. The social problem in dealing with the child-jewel is to bring about its development in a way that will realize to the utmost every potential for full and useful adult life. The four divisions of the volume address physical problems, intellectual problems, emotional problems and social problems"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved).
Division I. Physical problems Division II. Intellectual problems Division III. Emotional problems Division IV. Social problems.