By Arnold Gesell, M.D., Frances L. Ilg, M.D., and Glenna Bullis. Price, $6.50. Pp. 329, with 72 illustrations. Paul B. Hoeber, Inc., Medical Book Department of Harper & Brothers, 49 E. 33d St., New York 16, 1949.
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Prior to this study of Gesell, Ilg and Bullis there have been remarkably few observations on the development of the visual functions in the infant and child and none of the comprehensive scope of this book. The material is well presented, beautifully illustrated and organized into the main headings termed "The Growing Action System," "Developmental Optics" and "Developmental Appraisal." Each subdivision is arranged chronologically according to the age of the child. In keeping with the authors' intention to consider vision in relation to the development of the child as a whole, much of the material, especially in the first half of the book, deals with nonvisual functions.
The subject should be of interest to pediatricians, ophthalmologists, psychiatrists, parents and teachers. The value put on the book will vary according to what one expects from it. The present reviewer, an ophthalmologist, found it disappointing. In it he noted inadequate standards of
Vision: Its Development in Infant and Child.. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;81(2):311. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040030320015