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April 1974

Mental Development Evaluation of the Pediatric Patient.

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By Lawrence C Hortlage, PhD, David G. Lucas, MA. Price, $6.50. Pp 79. Charles C Thomas Publisher, Springfield, Ill, 1973.

Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(4):602-603. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110230148034

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Abstract

The authors indicate in the preface that this volume was developed for use as a reference source for quickly assessing the level of mental development in cognitive, perceptual-motor, language, and other academic areas. They state that this book supplies a series of expectancies or norms for given ages against which the pediatrician can compare a particular child.

In the past two decades, other screening instruments have been developed. Comprehensive interpretation of the resulting data still depends on a thorough familiarity with the methods of establishing the norms and the important variables, as well as a thorough, basic knowledge of child development. This volume adds nothing new either in content, ease of administration, or in advice as to what steps to take after a developmental lag is identified.

Chapters 1 and 5 provide a brief narrative description and checklist of developmental milestones from ages 2 through 9 years. The items selected

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