June 1953

Infant Development: The Embryology of Early Human Behavior.

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By Arnold Gesell, M.D. Price, $3.50. Pp. 108, with 18 illustrations. Harper & Brothers, 49 E. 33d St., New York 16, 1952.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1953;85(6):749. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1953.02050070766016

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This little book of 108 pages, including index and 18 pages of good photographs, represents the author's attempt to orient the psychologist, the pediatrician, or anyone working with children to the developmental approach to all supervision of infants and children, an end to which the author has devoted his life. The reader who is familiar with the writings and the cinema of this prolific author may be bored with the wordiness of the first seven chapters which say that "ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny." The eighth chapter discusses the clinical application of the developmental diagnosis and suggests that a brief inventory of the developmental status can be routine even in a busy pediatric practice. In the last chapter the author makes a noble plea that a developmental philosophy should become an integral part of our way of life.

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