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Wisconsin Publications in the History of Science & Medicine #0007: Mothers and Medicine: A Social History of Infant Feeding, 1890-1950

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In the nineteenth century, infants were commonly breast-fed; by the middle of the twentieth century, women typically bottle-fed their babies on the advice of their doctors.  In this book, Rima D. Apple discloses and analyzes the complex interactions of science, medicine, economics, and culture that underlie this dramatic shift in infant-care practices and women’s lives.

    As infant feeding became the keystone of the emerging specialty of pediatrics in the twentieth century, the manufacture of infant food became a lucrative industry.  More and more mothers reported difficulty in nursing their babies.  While physicians were establishing themselves and the scientific experts and the infant-food industry was hawking the scientific bases of their products, women embraced “scientific motherhood,” believing that science could shape child care practices.  The commercialization and medicalization of infant care established an environment that made bottle feeding not only less feared by many mothers, but indeed “natural” and “necessary.”  Focusing on the history of infant feeding, this book clarifies the major elements involved in the complex and sometimes contradictory interaction between women and the medical profession, revealing much about the changing roles of mothers and physicians in American society.

“The strength of Apple’s book is her ability to indicate how the mutual interests of mothers, doctors, and manufacturers led to the transformation of infant feeding. . . . Historians of science will be impressed with the way she probes the connections between the medical profession and the manufacturers and with her ability to demonstrate how medical theories were translated into medical practice.”—Janet Golden, Isis

 

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Rima D. Apple is a Fellow in the Department of the History of Medicine and a member of the Womens Studies Programs at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.  She has lectured at the University of Melbourne and at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she compiled the Illustrated Catalogue of the Slide Archive of Historical Medical Photographs at Stony Brook.  Her work has appeared in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine and she has contributed to several books, including Women and Health in America, edited by Judith Walzer Leavitt and published in 1984 by the University of Wisconsin Press.

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ISBN:
9780299114848
Author:
Apple, Rima D.
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Location:
Madison, Wis. :
Subject:
Health Care Delivery
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Breastfeeding
Subject:
Nutrition
Subject:
Infants & Toddlers
Subject:
Infants
Subject:
Mothers
Subject:
Physicians
Subject:
Physician and patient
Subject:
Physician-Patient Relations
Subject:
Infant nutrition.
Subject:
Infant care.
Subject:
Infant food.
Subject:
Infant Food -- history -- United States.
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 247-251.
Series:
History of Science and Medicine
Series Volume:
0007
Publication Date:
19871231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
34 illus.
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

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