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September 16, 1939

Biographies of Child Development: The Mental Growth Careers of Eighty-Four Infants and Children. A Ten-Year Study from the Clinic of Child Development at Yale University

JAMA. 1939;113(12):1156-1157. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800370072039

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The prediction of growth in childhood, both mental and physical, has been a matter of much conjecture, and many claims have been offered by so-called students of the subject tending to credit or discredit the intelligence quotient as a predictive means and also the value of growth tables. The present volume clarifies the matter to some extent and is highly enlightening as to the fact that there are many elements responsible for normal and atypical growth in both these spheres. Gesell and his colleagues in the Clinic of Child Development at Yale University have been studying these cases for ten years, and the book consists largely of eighty-four short or longer case reports, each designed especially to bring out some feature of development which would be of interest. Some of the cases show clearly how definitely predictive the growth curve or the intelligence test is. Other cases show that, knowing

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