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November 23, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XIII(21):746. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401170024005

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Although the subject of the Treatment of the Diseases of Children is rapidly becoming one deemed worthy of careful consideration, yet there remains much room for more rapid improvement in regard to their discipline and the proper understanding of their needs, etc. Unfortunately, those who are entrusted with the training of the fathers and mothers of the future are rarely selected for their amiability, or capability of treating their little charges in a proper way.

This remark applies equally to parents and to teachers. Even among those who may be regarded as fitted by education and mental refinement for the care of children, it is constantly observed that there is an utter want of information upon many points in relation to the young, which frequently gives rise to very injudicious, even injurious treatment. Popular lectures can not deal with several of these points, and hence it becomes the duty of

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