Children's Health in America: A History

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What greater investment can a nation make than in the health of its children? Yet tragically, until the twentieth century nearly half of all children in the United States died before reaching adolescence. The history of children's health in America - its evalutian from the rudimentary ministrations of colonial times to the comprehensive care afforded children today - is a fascinating story, not just of medical advances but of society's changing perspectives and emphases, and of the roles religion, philosophy, and...
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What greater investment can a nation make than in the health of its children? Yet tragically, until the twentieth century nearly half of all children in the United States died before reaching adolescence. The history of children's health in America - its evalutian from the rudimentary ministrations of colonial times to the comprehensive care afforded children today - is a fascinating story, not just of medical advances but of society's changing perspectives and emphases, and of the roles religion, philosophy, and science have played in children's health care. "To understand the history of children's health in America, we must move beyond political campaigns, industrialization, and even the startling science of the physician and instead emphasize the home and the hearth as much more dramatic determinants of the health of American children," asserts Charles R. King, M.D., in this inaugural volume in Twayne's History of American Childhood Series. Arranged chronologically, the book provides an absorbing survey of children's health from colonial times to the present - from the influence of Rousseau to the focus on motherhood, from the rise of "pediatrists" to the growth of the "child saving" movement, and from the 1921 legislation heralding the government's first major involvement in children's health to the tremendous achievements of modern pediatric science and the growing recognition that children's health encompasses sociocultural as well as medical issues. Meticulously researched and illuminated with numerous quotations from child-rearing manuals, diaries, and letters, Children's Health in America will be of value to historians, health care professionals, students - and all those interested in the well-being of American children, past and present. Included in the volume are illustrations, a chronology, and suggestions for further reading.
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A physician surveys children's health from colonial times to the present, showing how home and hearth have been the most dramatic determinants of children's health, and highlighting the historical and continuing importance of sociocultural issues in children's medical care. This volume inaugurates a new series which will draw on sociology, law, medicine, education, psychology, and child development to provide an interdisciplinary look at the experience of American children and their place in American history. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Charles King
Charles King

Charles King is Ion Ratiu Professor of Romanian Studies, Professor of International Affairs, and Professor of Government at Georgetown University. He is the author of The Black Sea: A History and The Moldovans, and his writing has appeared in The Times Literary Supplement and Foreign Affairs.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction
1 Physician to Body and Soul 1
2 Republican Motherhood 25
3 Child Saving 49
4 The Rise of the Pediatrist 69
5 Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness 95
6 The Century of the Child 119
7 The Whole Child, Body and Soul 143
Chronology 165
Notes 173
Bibliographic Essay 207
Index 211
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