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Dennett and Wilkes have written a worthwhile book which should be of particular value to anxious mothers in communities with limited pediatric facilities. There are general instructions about the care of well and sick children, a description of preventive measures, a list of poisons and antidotes and a list of special diets and recipes. There are instructions on the technic of isolation and special procedures, such as irrigation of the eyes, enemas and the inhalation of steam, which should help mothers carry out the physician's orders properly. The common ailments and the contagious diseases are considered, and emergencies, such as fractures, convulsions, fainting and injuries to the head, are discussed in a manner which ought to enable a parent to act properly and better evaluate the need for the physician's assistance.
The arguments against such a book are that many mothers are tempted to carry out medical treatment when thus
Mothers' Guide When Sickness Comes.. Am J Dis Child. 1935;49(5):1392–1393. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970050290030