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August 1951

THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF BIRTH

Author Affiliations

BOSTON
From the Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, and the Boston Lying-in Hospital and Children's Medical Center.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;82(2):171-201. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040040184009
Abstract

I. FULL-TERM BIRTH  THE ENGLISH writer Elizabeth Bowen1 points out in a recent essay that to most people the golden days of the past are not those of very long ago. We can so little imagine the life of 1750 (or even 1850) that it casts no spell over us. On the other hand (says Miss Bowen), the "near" past, the days when our fathers or our grandfathers were boys, the days which our own lives almost overlap—most of us would say those were the days when it must have been especially good to be alive.Those were the days of some 60 years ago when Benjamin Knox Rachford began his medical work in Cincinnati. Not in the too distant and unimaginable past; not in the frustrating present. How attractive they look to us now! Think of the opportunities open to a young man at that time. Think of

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