New England Journal of MedicineIn the 16th century, many of the social and political views we espouse today were initiated in England. Phaer's Boke of Chyldren and its emphasis on the health and development of children is an important example of these views. Thomas Phaer's admonition "to do them good that have the moost nede, that is to say chyldren" is as valid today in the United States as it was almost 500 years ago in England.
BooknewsReprints and examines the first English book on pediatrics, characterizing it as poised between folk beliefs and rudimentary empiricism. It popularizes and communicates medicine in a way radically different from others of the period. The new edition is based on the unique copy in the Huntington Library, and is lightly modernized to facilitate reading it as an early reference rather than a historical curiosity. It is not indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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