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June 1931

THE GUIDANCE OF MENTAL GROWTH IN INFANT AND CHILD

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By ARNOLD GESELL. Price, $2.25. Pp. 317, with many illustrations and charts. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1931.

Am J Dis Child. 1931;41(6):1513. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1931.01940120250025

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Abstract

The first part of this excellent book deals with the development of the concepts of child guidance; the approach is historical and educational. The second part describes the present-day methods used in child guidance, with illustrations of their application by a discussion of some of the common problems met in children. The third part discusses mental growth, from the research and especially the medical standpoints.

Parts of the book stand out as masterpieces in their presentation of mental growth in an interesting, logical and scientific manner which any one can understand and use. Problems that the pediatrician meets daily are discussed. As an example, there is a chapter on accidents and the proper use of fear and training in their prevention. Every physician should read the chapter on "Reducing Psychological Risks in Adoption." The early recognition of developmental defects and a discussion of the proper parent-child relationship are other important

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