Book Reviews
January 1940

The Center for Research in Child Health and Development, School of Public Health Harvard University. I. The Center, the Group under Observation, Sources of Information and Studies in Progress.

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By Harold Stuart, M.D., and staff. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, vol. 4, no. 1, serial no. 20. Price, $1.75, paper. Pp. 261, with 10 tables and 70 figures. Washington, D. C.: National Research Council, 1939.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;59(1):211. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.01990120213023

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In the foreword Dr. Stuart defines the threefold purpose of the book: (1) to describe such conditions as those under which observations are being made and the sources of material, as a background for subsequent reports, (2) to make available conclusions concerning methodology and "the possibilities and limitations inherent in this type of undertaking" and (3) "to make some contribution toward the technic of individual or family record analysis."

Part 1 consists of a general description of the Harvard Center, the staff, its objectives and affiliations. It is brief and to the point. Part 2 contains a complete but too detailed account of the essential study of "the normal child." Part 3 gives a brief summary of such special studies as those on pregnancy and prematurity. Part 4 presents an exhaustive discussion of the study of 2 sisters and their families, including 6 children from 9 months to 6½ years

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