Book Reviews
June 1925

From Infancy to Childhood

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By Richard M. Smith, M.D. Price, $1.25. Pp. 105. Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1925.

Am J Dis Child. 1925;29(6):869. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1925.04120300143014

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The function of the physician for children is becoming increasingly that of a teacher. In a mother's hands, this little volume should serve admirably as an outline for the more detailed and personal instruction of her medical adviser.

Referring to the desirability of periodic examination of healthy children, the author stresses the importance of "continuity of medical supervision." Familiarity with the individual child greatly enhances the value of the physician's advice.

Throughout the book parents are urged to devote themselves personally to the physical and the mental care of their children. Full responsibility must be assumed by them for any delegated supervision. The chapter on "Training and Education" is especially clear and satisfactory. Brief references to the psychology of childhood are interspersed with such observations as these: "Parents cannot direct a child's mental development by occasional casual instruction. Their contact with the child should be constant and intimate." "Self discipline

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