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Periodic revisions of authoritative works are often token, at best; however, the eighth edition of Dr Illingworth's guide to pediatric developmental assessment is an exception. Since the last edition in 1979, the book (first published in 1960) has undergone some notable changes, including a complete revision of the text, with the integration of information from 270 recent references and a rewriting of two chapters in entirety.
Aspects of the book that ensure its continued usefulness to the practitioner relate directly to the author's sharing of his own approach to developmental assessment. Relying on more than 30 years of experience substantiated by extensive follow-up, Dr Illingworth emphasizes practicality and selectivity in the evaluative process. Believing that developmental assessment is an essential part of each pediatric evaluation, he strives to convince the primary care physician that reliable assessment can be accomplished in the office without special equipment or additional training. At the
Sproles ET. The Development of the Infant and Young Child: Normal and Abnormal. JAMA. 1984;252(23):3305. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350230063044
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