Medicine: Care & Feeding of Spock

"Since he was the first of six children . . . his mother was particularly careful about what she fed him (after your second or third you don't worry so much about what the book says), and in 1903 she followed Holt's Care and Feeding of Infants to the letter, like all conscientious mothers. In those days solid foods weren't introduced until the child was nearly a year old, and bananas were considered indigestible. [He] had to wait until he was twelve years old before he was allowed his first half banana, and he almost expected to fall dead at the...

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