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Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care [Mass Market Paperback]

Benjamin Spock
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 1140 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 9 edition (27 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439189293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439189290
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 11.5 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date: December 2011 Pages: 1168 Publisher: Pocket Books THE CLASSIC THAT CONTINUES TO GROW WITH THE TIMES! For over sixty years. Parents have relied on the expert advice of renowned Pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock but while children never change. issues and concerns do. Dr. Robert Needlman. himself a top-notch pediatrician. has newly updated and expanded this timeless classic to speak to any parent who is raising children in our rapidly changing world.While still providing reassuring advice on age- old topics-such as caring for a new baby. as well as accidents. illness. and injuries-this book also contains expanded information in many new areas. including: Cutting-edge medical opinion on immunizations Obesity and nutrition Cultural diversity and nontraditional family structures Children's learning and ain development The newest thinking on children with specia...

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5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 15 Dec 2012
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I bought this book 50 years ago as a young, new mother and found it gave me the confidence to solve my own problems regarding bringing up my daughter. I shall always be grateful for the advice and insight into the mind of my own little monkey's scheming mind. As a result I bought this copy as a gift for a new father of twins who I thought could do with the same down to earth advice. He tells me that it has proven the same brilliant support for him and his wife. I would recommend it to anyone who has no experience of babies and children. After all we all need to be one step ahead of these people who are much more clever than their parents.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Get an older edition 9 Feb 2014
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Dr Spock's Baby and Child Care is a great book, but this applies only to the versions written by Dr Spock himself.

Sadly, since he died in 1998 the publishers have used his name as a brand for many books that were not written by him. You might think that this book would be different, seen as Benjamin Spock is listed as its author, but it isn't. The book has been extensively rewritten in such a way that almost everything good about the old versions has been lost.

The beauty of Dr Spock's own version of the book is that speaks sensitively and helpfully about both the emotional and the practical aspects of being a parent. It integrates the two, which is a rare thing. What has happened since is that the book has been rewritten by medical doctors who lack Spock's psychological training. As a result, the later editions focus far too much on giving factual advice. They are crammed full of facts and information (this edition is more than twice the length of the earlier ones), and have been stripped of the wonderfully thoughtful passages that made the original great.

My advice is to get a used copy of the book published before 1998 (when Spock died) - I bought the 7th edition. Later editions do not live up to the book's reputation, but the earlier ones really do and are worth 5 stars!
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By Stepas
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I bought this book as both my parents and my parents-in-law read this book when bringing up children. I found the book useful but sometimes too verbose. It is also written for a US audience so some of the names of medicines and customs vary. I particularly liked the comments from the late Dr Spock. Although I've read through it, I think I will use it more as a reference book than a book to read thoroughly. As other reviewers have mentioned, some of the style of the original Dr Spock books have been lost in the new editions.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for Academic Research 11 Jan 2014
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This book is very verbose and it looks and reads like an academic essay.

I would only recommend it for the literary academic student wishing to study and understand the psychology of the child. The book contains no or very few pictures and illustrations. I do not consider that it can be used as a 'Bible' for young first-time parents ie how to breast feed successfully, how to wean, types of food to prepare, what to do at various emergencies, etc and other basic information.

It is so long winded that most parents would probably just look at it and put it down again. Sorry all you expectant Dr Spock lovers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not great but I had high expectations 10 Dec 2013
By sophie
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Not sure what I was hoping for with this book but it seems like its not really dr Spock, it's someone else with the odd extract from the original Spock.. If you want watered down Spock, this is it.. But if you want the original then buy a different book!
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