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Schlesinger has reviewed the literature on the growth of the child. His point of view is that of the school physician; hence his observations are concerned chiefly with measurements, tables and systems of procedure. Some chapters are too mathematical to interest the practicing physician. On the other hand, the author's experience during the World War, when he had the opportunity of observing the effect of undernutrition on a large scale, makes chapters of considerable interest. While more a summary of the literature than an exposition of the author's own studies, the book offers a number of interesting conclusions. No procedure for the mathematical determination of growth is entirely satisfactory. The determination of change in length is of more constant value than that of body weight. The characteristic separating the human from all other animal species is the second period of accelerated growth starting at puberty. There is no constant relation
Das Wachstum des Kindes. JAMA. 1926;86(18):1387. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670440061037
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