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November 17, 1951

Healthy Babies: A Complete Handbook for Modern Mothers

JAMA. 1951;147(12):1182. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670290090040

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Appreciably expanded, this revised fifth edition of a volume that has attained merited popularity is a desirable aid to physicians although it is directed specifically to mothers. There is much clarification of problems that beset anxious parents, especially those with first-born infants.

New material includes a reassuring chapter on children whom the parents may think are not "normal." It should help ease the burden sometimes placed on physicians in this connection and make understanding less difficult. Discussion of the benefits of breast feeding has been expanded, as has the material on premature infants and their care. In a special chapter on communicable diseases of childhood, 23 conditions are considered in a tabular arrangement. If one were to quibble it might be over inclusion of conditions such as malaria, spotted fever, and typhoid-paratyphoid. A variety of other abnormalities, ranging from clubfoot through harelip to intestinal parasites, are considered in the following

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