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The raison d'être of this book, as sufficiently expressed in the preface, is that "more and more the doctor is interpreting it as his mission to teach people how to keep well. And the place to begin is with the babies." In a graphic and forceful way Dr. Hirshberg explodes old theories, superstitions and customs in regard to the rearing of babies, and points out the sensible, the modern way of carrying out this responsible duty and the inculcation of correct habits up to the period of adolescence. The causes of the common but dangerous diseases of childhood and the way to avoid them are explained in a practical way, and the responsibility of parents, through misguided affection and coddling, lack of knowledge or carelessness, for their occurrence is emphasized. The questions and answers at the end of each chapter bring to the consciousness of the reader in a pointed
What You Ought To Know About Your Baby. JAMA. 1910;55(2):152. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330020056039
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