December 1975

Gesell and Amatruda's Developmental Diagnosis

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics University of Rochester 601 Elmwood Ave Rochester, NY 14642


ed 3, by Hilda Knobloch and Benjamin Pasamanick, 564 pp, 158 illus, $14.95, Harper & Row, 1974.

Am J Dis Child. 1975;129(12):1462-1464. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1975.02120490070031

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This book is a revision of Gesell and Amatruda's Developmental Diagnosis.

The book is divided into three parts. The first section describes the traditional Gesell approach to studying development in terms of adaptive, gross motor, fine motor, language, and personal social behavior. Detailed norms are described at different age levels from the newborn period to age 6. The second section describes how these developmental sequences can be used to identify different types of developmental disorders such as mental subnormality, environmental retardation, neuromotor dysfunction, minimal brain dysfunction, seizures, visual and communication disorder, infantile autism, and psychotic disturbances. There is a good discussion of the problems of differential diagnosis for each of these conditions, and actual case histories are described in detail. There is also a section on how to correct the norms for premature infants. The last section is entitled "The Protection of Early Child Development" and includes descriptions of (1)

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