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January 28, 1950

Child Development: Physical and Psychological Growth Through the School Years

JAMA. 1950;142(4):294. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910220074036

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If there were any complaint about this revised edition, it would be that too few parents will see it. The insight and understanding provided by the authors serve tremendously to improve appreciation of the many factors controlling the supposedly simple and more or less automatic growth of the child. As the authors state, however, a child both "grows" and "grows up," and their approach to the subject shows their full appreciation of the complexities involved.

Written primarily for class room use, the book contains fifteen chapters, of which the first presents general principles of developments and the final chapter provides a summary of growth achievements, with preadolescent and adolescent case studies. This method of presenting concrete examples is followed from time to time throughout the book and is undoubtedly of much practical value. The first part of the volume deals with influences on growth, including physical, emotional, nutritional, home and

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