© 1978

Principles and Prenatal Growth

  • Frank Falkner
  • J. M. Tanner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Developmental Biology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard J. Goss
      Pages 3-21
    3. Gerald E. Gaull, Fritz A. Hommes, Jacques F. Roux
      Pages 23-124
    4. Charlotte Catz, Sumner J. Yaffe
      Pages 125-144
    5. R. A. McCance, Elsie M. Widdowson
      Pages 145-166
  3. Biometrical Methods in Human Growth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. M. J. R. Healy
      Pages 169-181
    3. Harvey Goldstein
      Pages 183-208
  4. Genetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Jean Frézal, Catherine Bonaïti-Pellié
      Pages 229-247
    3. D. F. Roberts
      Pages 249-283
    4. Elizabeth B. Robson
      Pages 285-297
    5. C. O. Carter, W. A. Marshall
      Pages 299-305
    6. Stanley M. Garn, Stephen M. Bailey
      Pages 307-330
  5. Prenatal Growth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Douglas R. Shanklin
      Pages 333-353
    3. Joseph Dancis, Henning Schneider
      Pages 355-378
    4. D. A. T. Southgate
      Pages 379-395

About this book


Growth, as we conceive it, is the study of change in an organism not yet mature. Differential growth creates form: external form through growth rates which vary from one part of the body to another and one tissue to another; and internal form through the series of time-entrained events which build up in each cell the special­ ized complexity of its particular function. We make no distinction, then, between growth and development, and if we have not included accounts of differentiation it is simply because we had to draw a quite arbitrary line somewhere. It is only rather recently that those involved in pediatrics and child health have come to realize that growth is the basic science peculiar to their art. It is a science which uses and incorporates the traditional disciplines of anatomy, physiology, biophysics, biochemistry, and biology. It is indeed apart ofbiology, and the study of human growth is a part of the curriculum of the rejuvenated science of Human Biology. What growth is not is aseries of charts of height and weight. Growth standards are useful and necessary, and their construction is by no means void of intellectualchallenge. Theyare a basic instrument in pediatric epidemiology. But they do not appear in this book, any more than clinical accounts of growth disorders. This appears to be the first large handbook-in three volumes-devoted to Human Growth. Smaller textbooks on the subject began to appear in the late nineteenth century, some written by pediatricians and some by anthropologists.


development endocrinology epidemiology fetus growth maturation nutrition pediatrics science statistics

Editors and affiliations

  • Frank Falkner
    • 1
  • J. M. Tanner
    • 2
  1. 1.The Fels Research InstituteWright State University School of MedicineYellow SpringsUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Child HealthLondonEngland

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