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Progress in Pediatrics
January 1936


Am J Dis Child. 1936;51(1):131-144. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1936.01970130140013

In the course of the centuries many pamphlets have been written on the care and diets of infants and children. John Ruhräh, in "Pediatrics of the Past," collected the works of many of the earlier essayists on this subject. He stated that Bartholomäus Metlinger in the fifteenth century, in his "Ein Regiment der jungen Kinder," included in his first chapters on general rules for the new-born and care of the infant during the early period of life much of the advice for care which is to be found in modern pamphlets on infant welfare. Felix Wurtz was a physician of the sixteenth century. In his "Children's Book" he outlined procedures for the care of children, how to bathe them and what to do for cramps, and he also added some notes on how to feed a small infant or child. These notes agree with modern teachings. The seventeenth century pediatricians