Benjamin Spock


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Benjamin McLane Spock (May 2, 1903 – March 15, 1998) was an American pediatrician whose book Baby and Child Care, published in 1946, is one of the biggest best-sellers of all time. Throughout its first 52 years, Baby and Child Care was the second-best-selling book, next to the Bible. Its message to mothers is that "you know more than you think you do."

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  • ''You know more than you think you do.''
    Benjamin Spock (b. 1903), U.S. pediatrician and author, and Rothenberg (20th century), U.S. pediatrician and author. Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care, ...
  • ''There are only two things a child will share willingly—communicable diseases and his mother's age.''
    Benjamin Spock (b. 1903), U.S. child psychiatrist. Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care (1945, rev. 1985).
  • ''The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering.''
    Benjamin Spock (20th century), U.S. pediatrician and author, and Michael B. Rothenberg. Dr. Spocks's Baby and Child Care, p. 406 (1985).
  • ''I was proud of the youths who opposed the war in Vietnam because they were my babies.''
    Benjamin Spock (b. 1903), U.S. pediatrician, author. Times (London, May 2, 1988).
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