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October 10, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(15):1216-1219. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410150020001f

Babies are the most philosophic people. They thrive or die, crow or wail without regard to the half million or more books and pamphlets which have been written about them in all countries in the course of a century. As I can not mention all the authors or compilers, I shall in justice to them or in sympathy with them, not inculpate a single one, not even myself, though I am by no means innocent. You may imagine that many of the topics discussed from year to year were not always new to anybody, except to the last contributor, and that quite often the very simplest fact had to be rediscovered by the latest writer because the literature of yesterday or of fifty years ago happened to be unknown to him. My paper will he brief, though emphatic; more, it may even not contain anything a well-informed medical person will

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