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Encyclopedia Britanica online says of Dr. Spock: "Spock received his medical degree in 1929 from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and trained for six years at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. He practiced pediatrics in New York City while teaching the subject at the Cornell University Medical College from 1933 to 1947. Spock wrote Baby and Child Care partly to counteract the rigid pediatric doctrines of his day, which emphasized strict feeding schedules for infants and discouraged open displays of affection between parent and child. Spock, by contrast, encouraged understanding and flexibility on the part of parents, and he stressed the importance of listening to children and appreciating their individual differences. From its first appearance in 1946, Baby and Child Care served as the definitive child-rearing manual for millions of American parents in the “baby boom” that followed World War II. Spock's approach was criticized as overly permissive by a minority of physicians, and he was even blamed for having helped form the generation of young Americans that protested the Vietnam War and launched the youth counterculture movement of the 1960s." I admit that I have not read Dr. Spock's book, and I would be careful to state that his book may NOT have been so much the cause of the increase in immorality as other factors, the increase in Psychiatry, the use of "street drugs" (originally advocated by psychiatrists such as Timothy Leary) and the increasing reliance on "a quick fix" in the form of drugs.

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