Medicine: Permissiveness for Parents

Though the millions of squalling young Americans whose lives would be most affected knew nothing about it, there was Dig news for babies this week. Clattering off the presses was a revised version of the gospel by which half a U.S. generation has been raised: The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, by Pediatrician Benjamin McLane Spock (Duell, Sloan & Pearce, $5; Pocket Books, 50¢). To the original edition, which has sold more than 9,000,000 copies since 1946, Author Spock has added some 100 pages. The gist of his revisions and additions reflects the changing climate of the past...

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