February 1954

The Normal Child.

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By Ronald S. Illingworth. Price, $6. Pp. 342, with 63 illustrations. Little, Brown & Company, 34 Beacon St., Boston 6, 1953.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;87(2):253-254. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050090241018

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"The Normal Child" is devoted to the first three years of life. The book is divided into four sections, on feeding, physical, developmental, and behavior problems.

In compiling the book the author has used a good, practical, readable, and concise style. It is well organized and covers the important facets of child development without delving deeply into the theoretical fields of medicine and psychiatry. No subject is covered to exhaustion, but no highlights are omitted. His information is current as evidenced by the inclusion of a chapter on accident prevention, a subject much emphasized in pediatrics today.

A book such as this may be of real value to a pediatrician or general practitioner who handles many infants, as a guide to what the normal child should do and how it should develop, because of its simplicity and organization. It would be a good book to have in a medical student's

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