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Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care: 8th Edition Mass Market Paperback – May 25 2004

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 8th Revised edition edition (May 25 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743476689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743476683
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #392,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Benjamin Spock, M.D., practiced pediatrics in New York City from 1933 to 1947. He then became a medical teacher and researcher at the Mayo Clinic, the University of Pittsburgh, and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The author of eleven books, he was a political activist for causes that vitally affect children: disarmament, day care, schooling, housing, and medical care for all. He had two sons, a stepdaughter, and four grandchildren. Dr. Spock, who died March 15, 1998, at age ninety-four, was married to Mary Morgan. Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care has been translated into thirty-nine languages and has sold fifty million copies worldwide since its first publication in 1946.

Dr. Robert Needlman grew up in Chicago, attending the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, where his mother was a preschool teacher. He graduated from Yale University with a BA in English Literature and earned his MD from Yale Medical School. He trained in General Pediatrics and Developmental and Behavioral  Pediatrics at Boston City Hospital, where he led the development of Reach Out and Read, a project to promote reading aloud.  ROR programs now help millions of children to grow up loving books (learn more at   In addition to being the revising co-author of Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care, 8th and 9th editions, he is the author of Dr. Spock’s Baby Basics and writes for  Dr. Needlman practices and teaches Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  He lives in Cleveland with his wife, Carol Farver, a surgical pathologist and educator. Their daughter, Grace, is a graduate of Yale University, where she majored in Art.

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By S. Martin on Dec 27 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a great book - especially for new parents. Our family owns this book and we have bought this book for friends and family who were about to become parents. It is an excellent reference guide - not a book you read from start to finish. Whenever our daughter was ill or something unexpected occurred, there was always a helpful passage that informed us what to do or pointed us in the right direction to the find the answer.

The book tries hard to stick to undisputed facts and solutions, but this is an impossible task. Occasionally the author's opinion makes an appearance, but such appearances are seldom and rather easy to forgive or ignore.
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By RN.82 on March 7 2013
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I use this book all the time! It's like my baby bible. It is up to date, has lots of parenting tips and answers the questions that you don't want to ask your doctor for fear they will think you are a bad or inexperienced parent.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Safiro on July 7 2004
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I actually borrow this book from my local library. I am quite amazed by Dr. Spock's insight. I know and I've read so many times that each baby has its own unique development. But somehow Dr. Spock explains it in a different way. He also explores the importance of non-physical development, things that we missed on daily basis just because we are too busy comparing other babies are chubbier. Admit it mom!
This book covers different stages of child development. So I don't read all of them at once, only on the sections that relate to my baby's current progress.
Dr. Spock's suggestion is "TRUST YOURSELF". He believes mom knows the unique needs of her baby, and when the world-known pediatrician told you that .. what more can you say?
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My daughter loves it for our grandchild!There is a lot of great information that helps answer questions about babies,especially for first time parents.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ramiel Nagel on Dec 24 2008
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Some parents might find this book reassuring. There probably is not a question that isn't answered in this giant book. I like Dr. Spock's reassuring tone, and suggestions that encourage bonding with babies, as well as avoiding television for children. For parents who like the mainstream medical perspective on child raising, this book may be for you.

However there is some important advice I don't agree with that makes it fatally flawed. This includes the promotion of fluoride, vaccines and a low fat diet for babies and children. It is important for parents to think for themselves, not be told how to live. Indigenous groups across the globe had children with healthy teeth (without fluoride) and free from modern diseases (without vaccines), by giving their children a nutrient dense whole food diet, that includes animal fats. Modern medicine, has many things wrong about it as it seems unable to prevent the onslaught of modern childhood diseases like diabetes, could the vaccine touting, low fat lifestyle be why?

Healing Our Children: Because Your New Baby Matters! Sacred Wisdom for Preconception, Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting (ages 0-6) & Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition (First Edition).
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