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September 10, 1938

Baby's Point of View: The Psychology of Early Babyhood

JAMA. 1938;111(11):1044. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790370064034

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Here is an attempt to explain behavior problems in childhood and neurotic conditions of adulthood by showing that the baby has a good deal of understanding at the early age of 2 to 3 weeks and that any drastic upheaval in its life at so early an age may be the basis for neurotic tendencies later in life. It is recommended that the mothers use their maternal instinct and intuition in caring for the infant rather than the rules of inflexible regularity of feeding and sleeping. In other words, "mothering" is advocated to prevent the child from becoming hysterical because of fear and crying. Breast feeding and the closeness of the mother, it is stated, keep the baby from feeling unsafe. This book with its new point of view will be found interesting to the physician as well as to the mother and nurse.

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