The motivation to produce this book evolved as a result of teaching professionals at various stages of training and of different backgrounds who were involved in supplying care for children. During classes or rounds, I would be frequently asked for a reference that would serve as a guide to normal development, as well as describing how the growth process could be altered by certain conditions. While I was able to distribute a “reading list” and hope that the students would go to the library and consult the specific articles, I felt there was a need for this information to be easily available between two covers, a need which hopefully this book will fulfill.
This volume is intended to serve as an introduction to the development and psychopathology of the child for the clinical practitioner. Toward this end, I have asked the contributors to stress practical considerations with extensive clinical illustrations rather than theoretical issues. However, beyond the pure dissemination of clinical or factual knowledge, it is hoped that the following pages will impart a broader theoretical viewpoint, namely that the psychopathology of childhood is best studied and understood against the framework of normal development. Jules R. Bemporad, M.D.