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Book Reviews : Child Development, by Elizabeth B. Hurlock. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., I956. Pp. xvi + 703. $6.00

Book Reviews : Child Development, by Elizabeth B. Hurlock. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., I956. Pp. xvi + 703. $6.00

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Book ReviewsChild Development, by Elizabeth B. Hurlock. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., I956. Pp. xvi + 703. $6.00 SAGE Publications, Inc.1957DOI: 10.1177/001316445701700219 Robert V. Miller University of Illinois This book is a relatively inclusive descriptive compilation of opinions, facts and principles of child development. One chapter is devoted to each of the topics of social adjustments, play, interests, family relationships, moral development, development of "under- standing" (concepts), and personality as well as to the more usual areas of development, i.e., physical, motor, language, emotional, and social. The author does not relegate her treatment of mental and intellectual growth to a particular chapter, but rather attempts to discuss this topic in the context of other chapters. The introductory chapter is concerned with general principles, characteristics, and influential factors in development. The next chapters on prenatal development and the newborn infant follow a chronological pattern. Prenatal development consists of a description of the basic processes of heredity and conception, developmental stages, irregularities, and influencing factors. Her consideration of the newborn infant includes the birth process, characteristics in various spheres of growth, and the premature newborn. The next eleven chapters shift to the developmental area approach which typically involve descriptions of
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