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Books, Journals, New Media
November 7, 2001

CryingCrying as a Sign, a Symptom, and a Signal: Clinical, Emotional and Developmental Aspects of Infant and Toddler Crying

Author Affiliations
 

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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edited by Ronald G. Barr, Brian Hopkins, and James A. Green (Clinics in Developmental Medicine, No. 152), 228 pp, with illus, $74.95, ISBN 1-898-68321-2, New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, 2000.

JAMA. 2001;286(17):2166-2167. doi:10.1001/jama.286.17.2166-JBK1107-2-1

The setting and rationale of this book are stated well by Brian Hopkins as he introduces one of the later chapters:

In ancient Greece, crying was interpreted by adults that an infant needed something. Thus, in Aeschylus' Libation Bearers, we can read that when young Orestes cried, his nurse Cissila assumed that it indicated he was hungry, thirsty or needed to urinate. Some two thousand years later we continue to be intrigued by the communication capacities of newborn crying, how they develop, and their ramifications for other aspects of development. This abiding interest has culminated in a multifaceted approach to the scientific study of crying during infancy, involving, for example, developmental psychologists, ethologists, pediatricians and those in the speech sciences.

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