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Pediatric Biographies
January 1932


Am J Dis Child. 1932;43(1):187-194. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950010194018

There are a number of exceedingly interesting pediatric poems that are important in the history of the diseases of children, as they give accurate information concerning the infant welfare work of the periods in question. By far the most practical is the pediatric part of the "Versehung des Leibs" published in 1491. This was written by a monk, Heinrich von Louffenburg, born, according to Baas, in 1391, at Louffenburg on the Rhein. In 1434, he appears as dean of the Mauritiustift in Zofingen; later he was in Freiburg, but in 1445, he entered the Johanniterkloster, "Zum grünen Werde," in Strassburg. He was still living there in 1458, and died on March 31, 1460. Most of his writing was done between 1415 and 1458. He left many manuscripts of songs, some popular as "Ich wölt, dass ich daheime war," church compositions, translations of Latin church poetry into popular dialect and many

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