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December 12, 1977

Child Development: Analysis and Synthesis

JAMA. 1977;238(24):2643. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280250069038

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Written by a pediatrician, this book covers various aspects of the child's development from infancy through adolescence. It is divided into three parts, "The World of Children as Seen by Adults," "The World as Seen Through the Eyes of Children," and "Synthesis."

Part 1 contains material on neurological aspects and a good summary of various schools of thought such as those pioneered by Freud, Piaget, Erikson, and Luquet. Since the author has a special interest in children's drawings, the book has many illustrations as they relate to neurological, emotional, and cognitive phases. He stresses the need to allow children to enjoy expression through art. He believes that all too often adults intrude too early with attempts to teach, and thus they destroy spontaneity.

One of several excellent chapters in part 2 is the section on creativity, where the author writes: "The creativity in every child should find encouragement during these