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This is the fourth edition of a book first published in 1947. There are 18 contributors, mostly from Scottish centers, and many are widely recognized experts in their fields. The first part of the book, dealing with development, opens with an excellent and clearly expressed chapter on the genetic aspects, by F. A. E. Crew. Other chapters discuss the development of the fetus and the physical, behavioral, and emotional development of the newborn infant and older child. However, with the exception of a very good chapter on prematurity and low birthweight, by C. M. Drillien, there is a good deal of overlapping and lack of cohesion in this part, and one could wish that the editor had taken a firmer hand. The emphasis is very largely clinical and recent advances in physiological, biochemical, and immunologic development are merely touched upon or ignored. This is especially noticeable in the chapter on
Haworth JC. Child Health and Development. JAMA. 1966;198(12):1315–1316. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110250129048