The World of the Baby: A Celebration of Infancy Through the Ages

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Organized thematically to cover allied subjects such as conception, birth and infancy, this pictorial historical survey of how we have viewed and cared for babies is a handsomely produced if predictable compendium of familiar information. ``It is sad, but true, that not all babies are wanted,'' notes a chapter on foundlings from Moses onward, and ``to understand why people disposed of their babies in this way, we need to examine their motives.'' Of greater interest is the factual material unveiled by O'Hara ( Encyclopaediasic of Fashion ): to induce pregnancy, one American Indian tribe ``cut off the feet of gophers which they boiled and then ate''; another sent would-be mothers to walk under trees, believed to be roosting places for babies' souls. The practice of swaddling was intended to discipline as much as to protect a child; one English rite required that a newborn's head be ``washed in rum for luck.'' Excerpts from works by Dickens, Hardy, Thackeray, Wilde and others complement paintings plus illustrations of the ``American-made Miller Breast Pump,'' a zodiac-inspired 19th century Arts and Crafts cradle and the like. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385260565
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/24/1989
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Pages: 190

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