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March 1931


Am J Dis Child. 1931;41(3):741. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1931.01940090262019

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This recent addition to the numerous books on the same subject is a rather verbose compilation of known facts and theories together with some fancies, and what originality appears is not particularly good. It attempts to discuss the growth of young children from many angles. The first chapter is entitled "The Philosophy of the Family Life," and the subject is so temperamentally and inadequately handled that it reminds one of a late evening discussion of a group of sophomores in a woman's college. I quote from the second chapter on the "Family and Home as Backgrounds"; "Aquaintance with the anatomy of the opposite sex comes naturally and easily if boys and girls share the daily routine of living in infancy and up to four or five years of age." The fifth chapter, entitled "The Beginnings of Life," is a most remarkable compilation of important and unimportant facts gathered from medical

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