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May 12, 1945

The Embryology of Behavior: The Beginnings of the Human Mind

JAMA. 1945;128(2):159. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860190095031

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This book is a description of the body and mind "in the making." The author's assumption is that, as the soma takes shape, the psyche takes shape: "we are dealing with a single developmental morphology." In the first nine chapters the beginnings of behavior are traced. Here an enormous literature is digested and organized into a fascinating account of the development of the embryo and of the structure and behavior of the fetus. The primitive motor system, breathing, behavior and muscle tone are discussed. The concept of electrotonic integration and the interdependence of structure and function are elaborated skilfully. Two chapters are devoted to observations of the behavior of prematurely born infants. The subjects were infants cared for in the station for prematurely born infants at the New York world's fair. Here the methods of observing and recording infant behavior already made familiar in the author's previously published works were

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