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August 3, 1940

The First Five Years of Life: A Guide to the Study of the Preschool Child from the Yale Clinic of Child Development

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By Arnold Gesell, M.D., and Henry M. Halverson, Ph.D., Helen Thompson, Ph.D., Frances L. Ilg, M.D., Burton M. Castner, Ph.D., Louise Bates Ames, Ph.D., Catherine S. Amatruda, M.D. Cloth. Price, $3.50. Pp. 393, with illustrations. New York & London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1940.

JAMA. 1940;115(5):408. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810310066028

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The studies of Dr. Arnold Gesell and his associates on babies have been widely discussed in many important general periodicals. This study has been going on for some fifteen years, sponsored by the National Research Council and similar organizations. Some of the previous volumes have discussed psychologic development from birth to the sixth year, the psychology of early growth and similar subjects. The present volume traces carefully the growth of the child from 1 to 5, discussing his abilities at various ages. The book is fully illustrated with photographs taken from motion pictures, which provide definite evidence of steps in the motor progress of the child. Other chapters concern language development, personal-social behavior, adaptations to peculiar conditions and studies of individuality. There is also a complete presentation of the records used, a bibliography and an index. The work of the Yale Clinic of Child Development is recognized as standard in

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