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The Development of the Infant and the Young Child

Normal and Abnormal

This is the tenth edition of a classic work on child development by Ronald Illingworth (1909-1990), the renowned English paediatrician who was Professor of Child Health at the University of Sheffield. This book was first published in 1960, and Professor Illingworth revised it frequently. It was translated into several languages and is used throughout the world. Since the publication of the ninth edition of this book in 1987, a sea of changes has happened in the discipline of child development. To bridge this gap Dr. MKC Nair and Dr. Paul Russell have supported Professor Illingworth's extraordinary observations with contemporary evidence whenever available. In addition, they have included the current normative values in child development as well as cultural and societal influences on a developing child.


Imprint: Harcourt India

ISBN: 978-81-312-3020-6


  • 1. Developmental Testing: An Overview

    2. Prenatal and Perinatal Factors Relevant to Developmental Assessment and Diagnosis

    3. Environmental Factors and Development

    4. Abilities and Reflexes of the Newborn

    5. Normal Development

    6. Variations in the General Pattern of Development

    7. Variations in Individual Fields of Development

    8. The Developmental History

    9. Head Circumference

    10. Assessment of Maturity

    11. The Neurological Examination of the Newborn Baby

    12. The Examination of the Older Infant and Child

    13. Interpretation

    14. The Diagnosis of Intellectual Disability

    15. The Association of Intellectual Disability with Physical Defects and Disease

    16. The Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy

    17. Assessment of Suitability for Adoption

    Summary and Conclusions


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