Human Growth

2 Postnatal Growth

  • Frank Falkner
  • J. M. Tanner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Jo Anne Brasel, Rhoda K. Gruen
    Pages 3-19
  3. C. G. D. Brook
    Pages 21-33
  4. Noël Cameron
    Pages 35-90
  5. Francis E. Johnston
    Pages 91-116
  6. Malcolm A. Holliday
    Pages 117-139
  7. W. A. Marshall
    Pages 141-181
  8. Jeremy S. D. Winter
    Pages 183-213
  9. Melvin M. Grumbach
    Pages 215-238
  10. Gilbert B. Forbes
    Pages 239-272
  11. Robert M. Malina
    Pages 273-294
  12. Jerome L. Knittle
    Pages 295-315
  13. Alex F. Roche
    Pages 317-355
  14. Harry Israel III
    Pages 357-380
  15. Patrick G. Sullivan
    Pages 381-412
  16. Arto Demirjian
    Pages 413-444
  17. J. C. van Wieringen
    Pages 445-473
  18. Donald A. Bailey, Robert M. Malina, Roy L. Rasmussen
    Pages 475-505
  19. Frederick C. Battaglia, Michael A. Simmons
    Pages 507-555
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 619-634

About this book


Growth, as we conceive it, is the study of changeinan 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. lt 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 a part of biology, and the study of human growth is a part of the curriculum of the rejuvenated science of Human Biology. What growth is not is a series of chärts of height and weight. Growth standards are useful and necessary, and their construction is by no means void of intellectual challenge. They are 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.


anatomy biology cell child complexity development endocrinology epidemiology growth maturation pediatrics physics physiology puberty science

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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