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, http://www.praeger.com.