August 1953

Fathers Are Parents Too.

Author Affiliations

O. Spurgeon English, M.D., and Constance J. Foster. Price, $3.75. Pp. 304. G. P. Putnam's Sons, 210 Madison Ave., New York 16, 1951.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1953;86(2):264. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1953.02050080273014

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The authors of "Fathers Are Parents Too" are very well qualified to write the book. Dr. O. Spurgeon English is a professor of psychiatry at Temple University in Philadelphia. Probably its readability (and minimum of profuse verbiage) is due to his collaboration with Mrs. Constance J. Foster, an excellent free-lance authoress, used to writing for lay publications.

Like the womb-to-tomb indoctrination policy of some foreign governments, this volume indoctrinates the father while the infant is still a "gleam in the father's eye."

The authors cover the child's infancy, childhood, adolescence, and dating and mating periods, and advise the father how to conduct himself from the time he first learns of his wife's pregnancy through the grandfather experience.

The premise of the book is that fathers should be educated to modern psychological orientations toward their families and must take an active part in rearing their children in order to fulfill their

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