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Containing about 1,200 bibliographic entries, this book is an attempt to provide an overview of the major fields of investigation in growth and development. It is divided into eight individually conceived and individually authored chapters. With one or two notable exceptions, the book makes heavy reading.
In the introductory section, Brackbill states: This book is dedicated to the understanding of infancy and early childhood and to its corollary, the prediction and understanding of human development and adult behavior. It is meant to combine the comprehensiveness of a handbook with the comparative brevity of a textbook, to be understandable to the undergraduate students, yet full enough in text and bibliographic content to be useful to advanced students and research workers.
The effort to be all things to all people leaves this book without "brevity," without universal understandability, but with rather complete bibliographic collections.
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