July 1970

Infants and Mothers: Differences in Development

Author Affiliations

Rochester, NY


By T Berry Brazelton, MD (foreword by Jerome S Bruner). Price, $10. Pp 296. Delacorte Press, 750 Third Ave, New York 10017, 1969.

Am J Dis Child. 1970;120(1):93-94. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100060127038

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This is a book for parents, perhaps not all parents, but certainly for the educated, upper-middle class. It is full of the wisdom of an experienced pediatrician and will be of great help to young parents seeking guidance in child rearing among the myriad sources of ofttimes conflicting advice now available. After a generation of advice that has stressed the average, or often idealized, child's responses, this book emphasizes the individual differences in children and in the different responses these variations elicit from their parents. Three hypothetical but composite real life infants are discussed from birth through their first birthday. Interspersed is a treasure-house of pediatric advice of the type hard to find in average texts. The book is beautifully produced and the cost is proportionately high—another evidence that it is aimed at and will be used by the "carriage trade." Pediatricians in training will also find it useful for

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