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Notice is hereby served that Professor Illingworth's treatise will prove a staunch contender in the field of pediatric texts' competing to establish their usefulness. Stemming from a pediatrician's perspective, rather than from that of a psychologist or educator, it speaks a familiar and comprehensible language. Nevertheless, it is not to be breezed through lightly. Nor is it designed for the novice. Rather, it enters into the fray with obvious experience in the infighting, taking for granted that its reader knows the ropes. As such, it should prove of considerable value to the practitioner who is searching for authoritative and up-to-date information on the subject of child development.
In the introduction, the author presents a strong argument for the need of such a text. He then reviews in considerable detail the pros and cons of infant development testing, particularly its predictive value, giving a remarkably fair shake to both sides of
ROBERTSON WO. The Development of the Infant and Young Child: Normal and Abnormal.. Am J Dis Child. 1961;101(1):133-134. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.04020020135018