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August 5, 1922

The Child and the Home. Essays on the Rational Bringing-Up of Children.

JAMA. 1922;79(6):496. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640060078036

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The fundamental text of Dr. Liber's book is the plea for absolute freedom of will to the child. He particularly attacks the cult of obedience, stating that the child is not the property of the parents, and owes them nothing, except friendship and affection if they deserve it. Presumably the judgment as to whether or not they deserve it rests entirely with the child. The writing is marred by frequent uses of involved Germanic constructions. The opinions are original, but too radical to be safe. There are two prefaces, one at the front of the book by Upton Sinclair, and one at the back of the book by teachers in the Modern School of Shelton, N. J. There is also a supplementary advertisement of Dr. Liber's independent magazine called Rational Life, which is devoted to such subjects as "Birth Control," "Drugless Treatment of Diseases" and "Vegetarianism." Most rational persons would

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