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Progress in Pediatrics
October 1942


Am J Dis Child. 1942;64(4):714-722. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1942.02010100140014

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Many of the difficulties encountered in caring for young children are, as a matter of fact, due to the disarrangement caused by the impact of new technics on the child's ancient mechanism. The disturbances are of the same order as those which might be expected if one tried to install a supercharged motor on a model T chassis. Streamlined modern methods may not necessarily work out successfully when applied to a baby of stone age vintage.

For at birth the 1942 edition of the human infant is the oldest thing in the world! Each newborn child is actually a living replica of the individual that came into the light of day long before the dawn of history. This seeming anachronism occurs because evolutionary changes take place very slowly as compared with the lightning-fast modifications caused by civilized life. To understand human nature, one must recognize how thin and superficial is

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