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September 30, 1916

The Expectant Mother and Her Child. Containing the Essential Things That Every Mother and Woman Should Know.

JAMA. 1916;LXVII(14):1036. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590140052027

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The author presents, in an artistically prepared little book, the usual series of warnings and suggestions to expectant mothers. The book in general follows the lines usually found in books on the same subject. Some of the suggestions offered are, to put it mildly, not in accord with modern obstetrics and pediatrics: for example, that each baby receive an oil rub daily during the first six months of life; that the baby's back be rubbed to make it feel good; that quinin and castor oil be not taken, as they will produce abortion. So many books on this subject are now available that the market appears to be rather oversupplied. Perhaps it is now time to begin to eliminate books that are unfit, and to encourage those that merit approval.

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