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March 28, 1964

Modern Perspectives in Child Development

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Poughkeepsie, NY

JAMA. 1964;187(13):1037. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060260065033

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Since the establishment of the Institute of Human Relations a few decades ago, Yale University has played a major role in integrating biological and clinical with psychological and sociological disciplines. The present book is dedicated to M. J. E. Senn, who has been director of the Child Study Center since 1948 (following Arnold Gesell's retirement).

Following an introduction there are sections on the biological aspects of child development, on theoretical and clinical considerations in child development, on pediatric practice, on child-guidance clinics, on medical education, and on education for children, parents, and teachers. In all, the book consists of 34 articles written by specialists in these various disciplines. In view of the comprehensive and somewhat vague focus of the book, the chapters are uneven in depth and in length. In general, rather than presenting original research, they tend to emphasize certain data and certain aspects of child development and pediatric

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