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Selected Writings on Child Psychiatry

Donald J. Cohen; Edited by Andrés Martin and Robert A. King

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One of the most influential child psychiatrists of the twentieth century, Donald J. Cohen (1940-2001) made groundbreaking contributions to the study of autism and developmental disabilities, Tourette’s syndrome, developmental psychopathology, child psychoanalysis, and children’s adaptation to trauma. As director of the Yale Child Study Center from 1983 to 2001, he fostered international collaborations and innovative approaches to the study of children’s mental health. This book contains a selection of some of his most enduring and influential writings.
Showcasing Dr. Cohen’s distinctive approach, these essays—one of which is published here for the first time—address a wide range of topics including autobiographical writings; childhood psychiatric disorders; the role of play fantasy, aggression, and violence in childhood; and research ethics and mentorship.

Andrés Martin, M.D., M.P.H., is associate professor of child psychiatry and psychiatry at the Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, and medical director of the Children’s Psychiatric Inpatient Service, Yale-New Haven Hospital. Robert A. King, M.D., is professor of child psychiatry and medical director of the Tourette’s/Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Clinic at the Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine.

"This volume provides a clear lens into the mind of one of the major innovators in the fields of Child Psychiatry and Developmental Psychopathology. The breadth and depth of Donald Cohen's scientific and clinical wisdom are awe-inspiring."—Dante Cicchetti, Ph.D.

"Donald Cohen was a world class child psychiatrist and a powerful advocate for children. The reach of his intellect is inspiring, and this book is a treat for both the mind and the heart."—Edward Zigler, Yale University

"All professionals caring for children—especially their students—should read this book for it brings us in touch with one of the outstanding integrative minds of the twentieth century on issues of biopsychosocial development."—Julius E. Richmond, M.D., Harvard Medical School

"What makes Cohen's work so effective is partly the thoroughness of his investigation, the breadth of his knowledge, and his immensely readable prose, all of which contribute to making his essays convincing and enjoyable."—Schuyler W. Henderson, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

"Cohen was a rare scholar who was at home in many fields. . . . Through writings like this volume and through the many individuals whose lives he touched, his influence will continue to grow."—Jennifer Blair, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

"Life is with Others is inspirational and should be read by those who aspire to the highest levels of achievement in child and adolescent psychiatry."—Theodore Shapiro, American Journal of Psychiatry
ISBN: 9780300194593
Publication Date: July 3, 2006
304 pages, 6 x 9