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October 1940

As the Twig is Bent.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;60(4):1005-1006. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.02000040224022

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"Spank if you must."

"A high-tempered, strong and obstinate child can be immobilized quickly, its arms and legs pinioned, without the least danger of injury and with a minimum of anger-arousing conflict." This treatment was prescribed for a 12 year old girl. The author reports that it was successful.

"... but the teacher insisted kindly that the baby finish each course and finish the entire meal before she could play."

"For the correction of detrimental moods, furniture-breaking youngsters should be wrapped and pinned in several layers of blankets and left severely alone until their excitement passes—this remedy is recommended for extreme cases of gloominess that have gone beyond other controls."

For the treatment of an attractive 2½ year old girl with an excellent health record who, for unknown reasons, began screaming and would not stay in bed for the first time in her life: "the girl was rolled and pinned tightly

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