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Precocious Puberty and Mental Maturation

by Arnold Gesell, M.D. - 1928

The nature-nurture problem is biologically bound up with the problem of maturation. It is for tllis reason that the experiments which alter the natural course of development in laboratory animals are full of interesting suggestion. These studies of growing organisms indicate that growth is extremely plastic, that its rate, direction, and pattern can be altered by physical, chemical, and surgical interference. Environment apparently plays an influential role. However, it appears that these induced modifications occur within certain limitations which are equally significative of the basic influence of intrinsic growth factors. The studies in developmental mechanics, moreover, indicate that certain features of growth are more resistant than others to extrinsic influence.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 27, No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 29 Number 9, 1928, p. 398-409
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20826, Date Accessed: 9/29/2020 4:40:21 AM

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