The Last Normal Child: Essays on the Intersection of Kids, Culture, and Psychiatric Drugs

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Lawrence Diller

Praeger Publishers
150 pages. $39.95.

This collection of essays for health professionals discusses the psychiatric diagnosis and medical treatment of emotional disorders in children. The conversational and anecdotal essays are divided into three sections: the influence of science, politics and culture on diagnosing and treating emotional disorders in American children; the effects that children’s disorders may have on family dynamics, with examples from the author’s medical practice; and how the academic world and pharmaceutical industry influence public perceptions of child behavior patterns and effective treatment strategies. (203) 226-3571,