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Author Apple, Rima D. (Rima Dombrow), 1944-

Title Perfect motherhood [electronic resource] : science and childrearing in America / Rima D. Apple.

Imprint New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2006.

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Description 1 online resource (xii, 209 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-194) and index.
Contents Redefining motherhood -- "Follow the lead of physicians": Motherhood in the late nineteenth century -- "Mamma's scientific--she knows all the laws": Motherhood in the early twentieth century -- "Follow my instructions exactly": Experts to mothers in the interwar period and during World War II -- "The modern way": Mothers, circa 1920-1945 -- "Now I know that an authority has the same opinion as mine": Motherhood in the postwar period -- "Use it to guide, not to dictate": Motherhood in the late twentieth century -- Conclusion: "I wanted to do it right."
Summary Parenting today is virtually synonymous with worry. We want to ensure that our children are healthy, that they get a good education, and that they grow up to be able to cope with the challenges of modern life. In our anxiety, we are keenly aware of our inability to know what is best for our children. When should we toilet train? What is the best way to encourage a fussy child to eat? How should we protect our children from disease and injury? Before the nineteenth century, maternal instinct-a mother's "natural know-how"--Was conside.
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Subject Mothers -- United States -- History.
Motherhood -- United States -- History.
Physician and patient -- United States -- History.
Mothers -- history.
Child Rearing -- history.
Mother-Child Relations.
Parenting -- history.
Physician-Patient Relations.
United States.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Apple, Rima D. (Rima Dombrow), 1944- Perfect motherhood. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2006 0813537932 0813538432 (DLC) 2005024943 (OCoLC)61520276
ISBN 9780813539980 (electronic bk.)
0813539986 (electronic bk.)
0813537932 (hdbk. ; alk. paper)
0813538432 (pbk. ; alk. paper)