Medicine: The Cornelians

Every fourth Sunday for the past four years, a group of physicians and psychiatrists has sat down to breakfast in the Detroit Athletic Club. Their aim and table topic: to revive the unfashionable belief that babies should be breast-fed and coddled by their mothers. By last week their revolutionary crusade had become a national movement to urge that Mother Nature knows best.

The movement's name: the Cornelian Corner, from 1) Cornelia, Roman mother of the Gracchi, who called her sons her "jewels," and 2) the time-honored maternal practice of turning toward a...

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