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The Normal Child, by Illingworth, presents many concepts which are not current in this country, but which Americans would do well to consider. No doubt, unjustified dogmatisms exist on both sides of the ocean, but appreciation that good pediatricians hold views opposite to our own help us realize that many of our fond ideas are not necessarily true. I was interested to note that silver nitrate prophylaxis to the eyes is largely discarded in favor of antenatal examination and care, and prompt treatment of any infection in the baby.
Circumcision is not routine, but is recommended only for extreme instances
The Normal Child.. Ann Intern Med. ;44:218. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-44-1-218_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1956;44(1):218.
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