Book Reviews
November 1948

The Pocket Book of Baby and Child Care.

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By Benjamin Spock. Price, $0.25. Pp. 217, with several illustrations. New York: Pocket Books, Inc., 1947.

Am J Dis Child. 1948;76(5):598. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030030611014

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This book had its first printing in April 1946 and has since been reprinted several times, proving its acceptance by the public. The late date of its first appearance and the author's experience in the fields of pediatrics and psychiatry assure the reader of finding authoritative and up-to-date information. The book is written for parents but has been found valuable in the instruction of nurses and medical students. It familiarizes them with everyday problems of pediatric practice and gives them a common sense appreciation of most of the physiologic processes of human life. The book is of real help to the pediatrician because it answers and even anticipates many questions young and inexperienced mothers will ask. Many young mothers, who have not had the advantage of being reared as part of a large family, are faced with unexpected problems and fears. These fears, often magnified by lack of opportunity for

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