Behavioral Pediatrics by S. Claire Selzer (auth.), Donald E. Greydanus, Mark L.

By S. Claire Selzer (auth.), Donald E. Greydanus, Mark L. Wolraich (eds.)

BEHAVIORAL PADIATRICS has been constructed to supply the primary-care doctor with a realistic consultant to early reputation of an intervention within the major difficulties more and more affecting the emotional health and wellbeing of our youngsters and children. the 1st a part of the amount introduces common innovations of ordinary improvement, overview, and therapy. half makes a speciality of particular behavioral pediatric issues, with specific realization to useful techniques to prognosis, administration, and referral.

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