Growth potentials of the skeletal development with special reference to the craniofacial complex during postnatal development in the rat
Park, A. Wallace
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The concept unifying the present work stems from Gestalt theory, its involve -ment in the holistic approach, and the fact that the growth of the rat is more than an aggregate of its parts. The growth of the rat remains within a " central" control with regions such as the craniofacial complex retaining certain specific patterns of growth. The interrelationships of the whole (body growth) and part (craniofacial growth) have been examined to prevent an "isolated" study of a part being undertaken without perspective being achieved. The factors are diverse and variable and therefore require insight to be gained from the growth pattern of the whole before establishing the specific pattern of growth of the part. Volume I contains various studies of the growth as a whole which thereby forms a significant basis for the remaining work dealing with the complexities of the craniofacial region.