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General Works on the History of Pediatrics and Child Health

History of Children’s Health

History of Pediatrics and Pediatric Subspecialties
History of Children and Child-Rearing
Histories of Pediatric and Child Health Organizations
Diseases and Conditions Affecting Children
Vaccines and Infectious Diseases
Biographies of Pediatricians


History of Children’s Health

Apple, Rima D. 1987. Mothers and medicine: a social history of infant feeding, 1890-1950. Wisconsin publications in the history of science and medicine, no. 7. Madison, Wis: University of Wisconsin Press.

Cone, Thomas E. 1976. 200 years of feeding infants in America. Columbus, Ohio: Ross Laboratories.

Golden, Janet Lynne, Richard A. Meckel, and Heather Munro Prescott. 2004. Children and youth in sickness and in health: a historical handbook and guide. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press.

Golden, Janet Lynne. 1996. A social history of wet nursing in America: from breast to bottle. Cambridge history of medicine. Cambridge [England]: Cambridge University Press.

Grotberg, Edith H. 1977. 200 years of children. [Washington]: U.S. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare, Office of Human Development, Office of Child Development.

King, Charles R. 1993. Children's health in America: a history. Twayne's history of American childhood series. New York: Twayne Publishers.

Meckel, Richard A. 1990. "Save the babies": American public health reform and the prevention of infant mortality, 1850-1929. The Henry E. Sigerist series in the history of medicine. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Preston, Samuel H., and Michael R. Haines. 1991. Fatal years: child mortality in late nineteenth-century America. NBER series on long-term factors in economic development. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.

Stern, Alexandra, and Howard Markel. 2002. Formative years: children's health in the United States, 1880-2000. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Warsh, Cheryl Lynn Krasnick, and Veronica Jane Strong-Boag. 2005. Children's health issues in historical perspective. Waterloo, Ont: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

History of Pediatrics and Pediatric Subspecialties

Colón, A. R., and P. A. Colón. 1999. Nurturing children: a history of pediatrics. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press.

Cone, Thomas E. 1979. History of American pediatrics. Boston: Little, Brown.

Garrison, Fielding H., and Arthur Frederick Abt. 1965. History of pediatrics. Philadelphia: Saunders.

Nichols, Buford Lee, Angel Ballabriga, and Norman Kretchmer. 1991. History of pediatrics, 1850-1950. Nestlé Nutrition workshop series, v. 22. Vevey, Switzerland: Nestlé Nutrition.

Prescott, Heather Munro. 1998. A doctor of their own: the history of adolescent medicine. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

Ruhrah, John. 1925. Pediatrics of the past. New York: P.B. Hoeber.

Still, George Frederic. 1931. The history of paediatrics; the progress of the study of diseases of children up to the end of the XVIIIth century. London: H. Milford, Oxford University Press.

History of Children and Child-Rearing

Apple, Rima D. 2006. Perfect motherhood: science and childrearing in America. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.

Bel Geddes, Joan. 1997. Childhood and children: a compendium of customs, superstitions, theories, profiles, and facts. Phoenix, Ariz: Oryx Press.

Colón, A. R., and P. A. Colón. 2001. A history of children: a socio-cultural survey across millennia. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press.

Crenson, Matthew A. 1998. Building the invisible orphanage: a prehistory of the American welfare system. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

Curry, Lynne. 1999. Modern mothers in the heartland: gender, health, and progress in Illinois, 1900-1930. Columbus: Ohio State University Press.

Frank, Stephen M. 1998. Life with father: parenthood and masculinity in the nineteenth-century American North. Gender relations in the American experience. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Grant, Julia. 1998. Raising baby by the book: the education of American mothers. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Hulbert, Ann. 2003. Raising America: experts, parents, and a century of advice about children. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Illick, Joseph E. 2002. American childhoods. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Levander, Caroline Field, and Carol J. Singley. 2003. The American child: a cultural studies reader. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.

Lomax, Elizabeth M. R., Jerome Kagan, and Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz. 1978. Science and patterns of child care. A Series of books in psychology. San Francisco: W.H. Freeman.

Macleod, David I. 1998. The age of the child: children in America, 1890-1920. Twayne's history of American childhood series. New York: Twayne.

Michel, Sonya. 1999. Children's interests/mothers' rights: the shaping of America's child care policy. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Pleck, Elizabeth H. 1987. Domestic tyranny: the making of social policy against family violence from colonial times to the present. New York: Oxford University Press.

Rose, Elizabeth R. 1999. A mother's job: the history of day care, 1890-1960. New York: Oxford University Press.

Stearns, Peter N. 2006. Childhood in world history. Themes in world history. New York: Routledge.

Histories of Pediatric and Child Health Organizations

Baker, Jeffrey P., and Howard A. Pearson. 2005. Dedicated to the health of all children. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.

Bradbury, Dorothy Edith, and Katherine Brownell Oettinger. 1962. Five decades of action for children: a history of the Children's Bureau. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare, Social Security Administration, Children's Bureau.

Faber, Harold Kniest, and Rustin McIntosh. 1966. History of the American Pediatric Society, 1887-1965, by Harold Kniest Faber and Rustin McIntosh. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Finberg, Laurence, and E. Richard Stiehm. 2006. The American Pediatric Society history of pediatric subspecialties. [The Woodlands, Tex.]: Wolters Kluwer Health.

Halpern, Sydney A. 1988. American pediatrics: the social dynamics of professionalism, 1880-1980. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Hinman, Frank. 1991. American pediatric urology. San Francisco: Norman Pub.

Lindenmeyer, Kriste. 1997. A right to childhood: the U.S. Children's Bureau and child welfare, 1912-46. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

Pawluch, Dorothy. 2009. The new pediatrics: a profession in transition. New Brunswick, N.J.: AldineTransaction.

Pearson, Howard A., and Audrey K. Brown. 1988. The Centennial history of the American Pediatric Society, 1888-1988. New Haven, Conn: Yale University Printing Services.

Pearson, Howard A. and Laurence Finberg. 2008. The American Board of Pediatrics, 1933 – 2008. Chapel Hill, NC: American Board of Pediatrics.

Pease, Marshall Carleton. 1952. American Academy of Pediatrics; June 1930 to June 1951. Evanston, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.

Diseases and Conditions Affecting Children

Baker, Jeffrey P. 1996. The machine in the nursery: incubator technology and the origins of newborn intensive care. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Cone, Thomas E. 1985. History of the care and feeding of the premature infant. Boston: Little, Brown.

Desmond, Murdina M. 1998. Newborn medicine and society: European background and American practice, 1750-1975. Austin, TX: Eakin Press.

Doershuk, Carl F. 2001. Cystic fibrosis in the 20th century: people, events, and progress. Cleveland, Ohio: AM Pub.

Dorey, Annette K. Vance. 1999. Better baby contests: the scientific quest for perfect childhood health in the early twentieth century. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co.

English, Peter C. 1999. Rheumatic fever in America and Britain: a biological, epidemiological, and medical history. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.

English, Peter C. 2001. Old paint: a medical history of childhood lead-paint poisoning in the United States to 1980. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Fildes, Valerie A. 1986. Breasts, bottles, and babies: a history of infant feeding. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Gollaher, David. 2000. Circumcision: a history of the world's most controversial surgery. New York: Basic Books.

Hammonds, Evelynn Maxine. 1999. Childhood's deadly scourge: the campaign to control diphtheria in New York City, 1880-1930. Baltimore, Md: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Jones, Kathleen W. 1999. Taming the troublesome child: American families, child guidance, and the limits of psychiatric authority. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

Laszlo, John. 1995. The cure of childhood leukemia: into the age of miracles. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.

Lindee, M. Susan. 2005. Moments of truth in genetic medicine. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Oakley, Ann. 1986. The Captured womb: a history of the medical care of pregnant women. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

Pearson, Howard A. 1985. Lectures on the diseases of children by Eli Ives, M.D.: professor of materia medica ... the Medical Institution of Yale College New Haven, Connecticut 1813-1852. New Haven, Ct: Yale University School of Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics.

Pernick, Martin S. 1996. The black stork: eugenics and the death of "defective" babies in American medicine and motion pictures since 1915. New York: Oxford University Press.

United States. 1974. Children's Bureau studies. Children and youth: social problems and social policy. New York: Arno Press.

Wailoo, Keith. 2001. Dying in the city of the blues : sickle cell anemia and the politics of race and health. Studies in social medicine. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Warren, Christian. 2000. Brush with death: a social history of lead poisoning. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Vaccines and Infectious Diseases

Allen, Arthur. 2007. Vaccine: the controversial story of medicine's greatest lifesaver. New York: W.W. Norton.

Colgrove, James Keith. 2006. State of immunity: the politics of vaccination in twentieth-century America. California/Milbank books on health and the public, 16. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Daniel, Thomas M., and Frederick C. Robbins. 1997. Polio. Rochester, N.Y.: University of Rochester Press.

Gould, Tony. 1995. A summer plague: polio and its survivors. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Halpern, Sydney A. 2004. Lesser harms: the morality of risk in medical research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Oshinsky, David M. 2005. Polio: an American story. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Sass, Edmund J., George Gottfried, and Anthony Sorem. 1996. Polio's legacy: an oral history. Lanham [Md.]: University Press of America.

Seavey, Nina Gilden, Jane S. Smith, and Paul Wagner. 1998. A paralyzing fear: the triumph over polio in America. New York: TV Books.

Biographies of Pediatricians

Abt, Isaac A. 1944. Baby doctor. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co.

Bloom, Lynn Z. 1972. Doctor Spock; biography of a conservative radical. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill.

Davison, Wilburt Cornell, Jay M. Arena, and John P. McGovern. 1980. Davison of Duke: his reminiscences. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Medical Center.

Duffus, R. L., and L. Emmett Holt. 1974. L. Emmett Holt; pioneer of a children's century. Children and youth: social problems and social policy. New York: Arno Press.

Elders, M. Joycelyn, and David Chanoff. 1996. Joycelyn Elders, M.D.: from sharecropper's daughter to surgeon general of the United States of America. New York: Morrow.

Goldbloom, Alton. 1959. Small patients: the autobiography of a children's doctor. Philadelphia: Lippincott.

Klass, Perri. 2010. Baby doctor: a pediatrician's training. New York: Kaplan Pub.

McCarthy, Claire. 1995. Learning how the heart beats: the making of a pediatrician. New York, N.Y.: Viking.

Miller, G. Wayne. 1993. The work of human hands: Hardy Hendren and surgical wonder at Children's Hospital. New York: Random House.

Spock, Benjamin, and Mary Morgan. 1989. Spock on Spock: a memoir of growing up with the century. New York: Pantheon Books.

Truax, Rhoda. 1952. The doctors Jacobi. Boston: Little, Brown.

Veeder, Borden S. 1957. Pediatric profiles. St. Louis: Mosby.

Yow, Martha Dukes. 1997. Balancing act: memoir of a Southern woman doctor. Austin, Tex: Eakin Press.
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