November 19, 1904

The Mother's Manual. A Month by Month Guide for Young Mothers.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(21):1564-1565. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500210054025

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Among "mothers' guides" this book may be distinguished by its simplicity. Some matters seem to the young mother too simple to ask the physician or even a lay friend about and so she blunderingly worries along—unless she possesses a book which, like the one discussed, tells every little detail. The book is almost too full and may tempt some mothers to depend on home treatment too much. We certainly do not approve of the mention in such a book of preparations containing 17 and 20 per cent, of alcohol with the statement that they are of value between meals for infants and children with marasmus, etc., especially in view of the danger that the mother will take into her own hands the prescribing and administering of them. On the whole, however, Dr. Coolidge brings out very clearly at what times the mother should call a physician, how she should carefully

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