September 1952

Human Growth: The Story of How Life Begins and Goes On.

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By Lester F. Beck, and M. Robbinson. Price, $2. Pp. 124, with numerous illustrations. Harcourt, Brace and Company, Inc., 383 Madison Ave., New York 17, 1949.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1952;84(3):407-408. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1952.02050030133014

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Written as a companion book to the, now well-known, Oregon film on sex education of the same name, "Human Growth" is a well-illustrated, 124 page book on the "facts of life."

It is written in a candid and straightforward manner. The text is carefully edited and shows evidence of pretesting to produce the correct psychological impact on readers.

There are but four chapters in the book. Each chapter is followed by what are purported to be representative questions and answers from teen-age youths. In the reviewer's opinion, these questions and answers are much more naive and simple than are ordinarily encountered in the field of sex education, formal or informal, with teen-agers.

The four chapters deal with (1) normal growth and development, (2) the role of glands in the regulation of body processes, (3) the fertilization and maturation of the ovum, and (4) the birth process.

A sound attempt to

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