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October 1947

Pointers for Parents.

Am J Dis Child. 1947;74(4):541. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1947.02030010554020

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This little book, written for the laity, is divided into fifteen chapters, which cover the years from infancy into marriage. No one phase or problem in development is covered thoroughly. The instructions are didactic, and each chapter is summarized with do's and don'ts. Nothing new is offered.

A rigid schedule from the beginning is emphasized. The controversial issue of self demand in infant feeding is not mentioned. There is an apparent lack of understanding of growth and development of the infant and small child, including an occasional error.

The book is safe. It is written in a crisp unscholarly style and contains many cleverly informative sketches. In a discipline-needed world, its propaganda would reach and help the busy mother with her child of 2 years or older. The new mother with a small infant needs more than this book offers.

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