Delicate, Backward, Puny and Stunted Children: Their Developmental Defects, and Physical, Mental, and Moral Peculiarities Considered As Aliments Amenable to Treatment by Medicines
Originally published in 1895. FOREWORD: In his daily work the practical physician meets with a number of abnormal states that are not readily classified: I refer more particularly to those abnormal conditions of children that I have attempted to indicate in the long title of this little treatise. We say of certain children that they are delicate, backward, peculiar, odd, stunted, puny, and the like, without being able exactly to state what disease they are suffering from. The development of a given child receives a shock from a fall or fright; or its further growth is arrested by some acute disease, such as measles or influenza; or a child is glum, taciturn, excitable, or what not, and yet people hardly know what is wrong or how to set about putting the wrong right. Again, some children do not see, hear or speak properly; or they are unclean in their habits, wet their clothes or their beds, and cannot be taught nice, sweet ways like their fellows....Many of the earliest books, particu
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