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This volume represents a milestone in the study of child health and welfare in the United States. Its appearance is appropriate, as Samuel Radbill notes in the foreword, at the end of the International Year of the Child and in time for the golden anniversary of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The book does not fail this auspicious setting: it is attractive, well researched, lucidly written, and adequately illustrated. The publisher has added an attractive format, beautiful and easily read type, and faithful reproduction of photographs, which should please a wide audience.
The study is divided into three periods: colonial, with chapters on pastor-and governor-physicians, children discovered, and feeding colonial infants; the 19th century, with chapters entitled "Perplexing Obscurity and Embarrassing Uncertainty," "Explorers in an Almost Unknown Country," and "Infant Feeding of Paramount Concern"; and the 20th century, with chapters "Pediatrics Comes of Age," "Antibiotics and Electrolytes," "The Changing Face
WEBB CH. History of American Pediatrics. Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(9):905-906. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130210081034