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February 1946

How a Baby Grows.

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By Arnold Gesell, M.D. Price, $2. Pp. 77, with over 800 photographs arranged and interpreted with the assistance of Katherine Gesell Walden. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1945.

Am J Dis Child. 1946;71(2):200. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1946.02020250090013

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This book constitutes an unusual approach to the growth and development of the child. Other texts satisfy themselves with descriptions of what the child does under normal conditions; this, however, in serial pictures, shows the actual development from birth to 5 years. It is an unusual book and a useful one.

The text is taken up with descriptions of different portions of the body and how they develop and with different activities. It stresses the fact that children are not always the same and that delay in development along certain lines is oftentimes no indication of abnormality. A perfectly sane book, it can be put in the hands of mothers safely and will do much to guide them in their care of the child and to influence them along the lines of proper rearing.

Of special value is the last chapter, "A Closing Word to Parents: Enjoy Your Children."

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