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Somatic Growth of the Infant and Preschool Child

  • Francis E. Johnston


This period comprises the first five years of life, that is, from birth through age four. In general, this age range spans that period during which the individual makes the adjustment from a sharply limited intrauterine environment, in which all stimuli are mediated through the maternal biological system, to the rich, varied, and often hostile, extrauterine environment, where the regulatory responses are direct functions of interactions between this environment and the infant’s or child’s biological system.


Preschool Child Head Circumference Somatic Growth Skinfold Thickness Physical Growth 
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  • Francis E. Johnston
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  1. 1.University of Pennsylvania, University MuseumPhiladelphiaUSA

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