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Book Reviews
September 1940


Am J Dis Child. 1940;60(3):773. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.02000030305028

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Giovanni de Toni has edited a textbook on puericulture (preventive individual and social pediatrics). The different chapters in the book are written by twelve collaborators. Puericulture has recently become a required subject in all high schools and universities by authority of the Italian government. This text is obviously designed for these required courses and embodies the Fascist philosophy of obtaining a bigger and healthier Italian race.

Puericulture deals with the study of eugenics, the prenatal and postnatal care of children, growth and development, physical education, child psychology, nutrition, prophylaxis against infectious diseases—both acute and chronic—and the social and medical facilities available for mothers and children in Italy. The information as given is simply expressed, and many references to the literature are included.

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