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October 22, 1898

SOME THOUGHTS ON THE CARE OF INFANTS AND CHILDREN.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(17):974-976. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450170028002h

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Abstract

Of all the young of God's vast creation of animated nature, none are so helpless as the newborn babe. The young of the lower order of animals can all early help themselves to their furnished food; not so with the human species; thus the demand for especial tender care; and how generously the mothers with natural affections bestow their aid and sympathy to the little weakling. Though perfect in its anatomic construction, yet as soon as breath enters the heretofore functionless lungs, the whole animal machinery of many members moves into new activity; and we can now declare, surely, that a new life exists. The first care that the infant's helpless nature demands is at the hands of the accoucheur and nurse, the responsibility largely resting on the former. The proper start in life, as in every other great undertaking, is an important factor to success.

It is fitly asserted,

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