Bringing Up Baby

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Despite the popularity of Dr. Holt, it is not likely that his advice was often followed to the letter. By the early i goo’s there were many new cultures established in our country, lessening the traditional force of Anglo-Saxon middle-class dicta. Anyway, the mothers belonging to that class, permissively raised themselves, often shrank from carrying out Dr. Holt’s instructions. Holt and other physicians of the period accomplished much for the physical well-being of their little patients. Under their guidance the early twentieth century brought much-needed reform in sanitation and important advances in the field of obstetrics. Pediatrics at last became a recognized branch of medicine, and infant mortality declined spectacularly. Science entered the nursery (Holt would be followed by behaviorists, nutritionists, and Freud), and the concept of laissez-faire went out. As a matter of fact, it went out so completely that when in 1940 Dr. Spock brought it back in another form, people gave him the credit or blame for inventing it. Plus ça change . …

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