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August 21, 1943

Children Can Help Themselves: The Normal Child's Health Behavior

JAMA. 1943;122(17):1214. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840340062039

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This book was written for parents. In a narrative form the author introduces a sensible pair of young parents and shows by concrete examples how they reared their son. In respective chapters the reader sees David at 1, 4, 8, 12 and 18 months, then at 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 11 years. The customary health behavior of the child at these stages of development is portrayed in each chapter. In each are included the diet, sleep, training, exercise and mental development at these various stages. As David gets older his behavior is checked against that of his two favorite playmates. The aim of the book is to aid parents as they impart responsibility and self reliance to the offspring. The fascinating style of each chapter should hold the young parents' attention through the years.

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