October 1984

The Development of the Infant and Young Child

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics/Human Development Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 48824


by Ronald S. Illingworth, 299 pp, with illus, $21, New York, Churchill Livingstone, 1983.

Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(10):946. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140480048015

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This book is most helpful when it focuses on what Dr Illingworth describes in the preface as "a practical manual for assessment, but with particular emphasis on the essential need for a full history and full physical, neurological and developmental examination." Chapters 4 through 7 deal with newborn assessment, including newborn "abilities" (eg, differentiating mothers' smell from strangers), primitive reflexes, maturity, and neurologic examination. There is also a short chapter on patients with small heads and large heads. These chapters are illustrative of certain strengths and weaknesses of this book. On the one hand, the pictures that demonstrate various reflexes, postures, and portions of the neurologic examination are wonderful and most instructive. Dr Illingworth proves to be very fond of lists (eg, predictors of a dislocated hip), however, which are frequently recited without sorting them into pathophysiologically related groups. In the chapter on head circumference there is no mention of

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