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April 22, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(16):1254-1255. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740160038015

The importance that the phenomena of growth assume in the consideration of child welfare is emphasized by the elaborate deliberations of the recent White House Conference on Child Health and Protection dealing with this subject.1 Growth and development are essential—probably the most essential—functions of the young. It is imperative, therefore, to establish dependable standards by which these processes can be gaged. This is far more difficult than may appear at first consideration. Gross increase in weight, in stature or in form are by no means always simultaneous or identical. Many features enter into the conception of growth. They deserve independent evaluation; as Donaldson2 wrote many years ago, "The measure of the whole man is neither the number of pounds that he can lift, nor the facts that he can discover, nor the influence that he can exert upon his fellows, nor yet the age to which he can

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