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August 1963

A Philosophy of Infant Feeding.

Author Affiliations

By Simon S. Levin MD (Rand); MRCP (Edin); DCH (Eng); LMCC, Cert Paediat (Canada), Johannesburg, South Africa. Price, $7. Pp 175, with 7 illustrations. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill, 1962.

Am J Dis Child. 1963;106(2):240-242. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080050242027

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This provocative short book is made up of a series of segments or chapters, anyone of which is a small treatise unto itself. In fact, certain of these sections have been used as essays in four or five pediatric journals in recent years and probably accounts in part for the repetitive flavor of some of the material which better editing would have eliminated. Several of these "essays" could well serve as a hilarious informal after-dinner reading at some pediatric gathering and would be still more delightfully effective if delivered in a clipped British accent.

The author admits that he enjoys writing, and indeed his exquisite choice and style of expression is indicative of a culture steeped in history, anthropology, and excellent prose. The book abounds in historical lore extending into antiquity as pertaining to the subject of infant feeding and the title itself could also include The History of the

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