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December 1974

The Competent Infant

Arch Otolaryngol. 1974;100(6):480. doi:10.1001/archotol.1974.00780040494017

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This 1,300-odd page book is, in the editor's terminology, a "handbook of readings" in developmental psychology of the infant. The papers cover a variety of topics: individuality in development, prenatal and perinatal development, the capabilities of the newborn, development during year one, early experience (deprivation and enrichment), and the social infant. Papers dealing with both animal as well as human development are presented. The reader will find the material neither textual nor complete, as this is a compilation. For example, the section on hearing in newborns reveals an absence of several important references. While this volume is designed for the serious student of infant behavior, especially the clinical psychologist and the speech and language pathologist, it will be of limited value to the average otolaryngologist, resident, or medical student. One must recognize, however, that the collection is not designed for the latter audience.

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