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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael G White, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This two-volume set reviews in encyclopedic format the field of applied developmental science. Important persons, schools, concepts, and historical vignettes are presented in concise reviews.
Purpose: The foreword suggests that the purpose is to present the "big ideas, people and important research questions" in the field. This is a very worthy goal. The two volumes provide an immense amount of information in an easy to access reference format.
Audience: The audience is anyone with a strong interest in both current concepts and the historical perspective of the field.
Features: The information covered is indeed encyclopedic in scope. For those needing a reference, this is an excellent choice. It is not conducive to reading from cover to cover due to the alphabetic arrangement of the information and the disjointed organization imposed by this format.
Assessment: This is an excellent reference for the field of applied developmental science. For anyone interested in the progression of this field, the book provides an in-depth reference for the important concepts, landmark studies, and persons who have contributed to this area of study.