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November 23, 1946

The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care

JAMA. 1946;132(12):751-752. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870470077031

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The popular literature on child care has undergone a remarkable improvement in the past decade. From the dogmatic instructions to bewildered mothers on how to bathe, dress and prepare a complicated formula for the infant of a generation ago; recent publications have shown almost uniformly a more logical tendency with emphasis on understanding of principles rather than on exhortations to follow routine directions. There are today many such books on the market written mostly by pediatricians and psychologists, each giving his views in behalf of better care of the infant and child. The common objective is to make child rearing free from unnecessary anxieties and at the same time cultivate a generation of happier, if not wiser, people.

Apparently with this aim Spock developed the theme of his book. He has incorporated the experiences of a sensible pediatrician into a volume which is an excellent treatise on the subject. Unlike

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