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Introduction to Growth and Development

By Daniel A. Doyle, MD, Thomas Jefferson University;A.I. duPont Children’s Hospital

Physical growth is an increase in size. Development is growth in function and capability. Physical growth and development depend on a combination of factors, including genetics, nutrition, and the environment.

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