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December 26, 1925

Mother's Manual. The Coming and Care of the Baby.

JAMA. 1925;85(26):2053. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670260051037

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This little volume contains the usual amount of information to guide young mothers through their pregnancy and to direct them in the care of the infant. The book is well illustrated, and there is even a diagram entitled "Spanking the Baby." This is intended, of course, to illustrate a method of resuscitation immediately after birth. One may well imagine that a great deal of time and effort was spent in preparing the anatomic and physiologic portions of this book, though it really seems time wasted to attempt to inform the busy mother about these subjects. What she needs is dogmatic directions about the care, feeding, bathing and airing of her baby. We are continually surprised by the fecundity of this variety of book. Would that it were possible for some legislative body or national academy to take a census of the actual number of these books already in existence in

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