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Spock on April 21, 1976
|Born||Benjamin McLane Spock
May 2, 1903
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
|Died||March 15, 1998
La Jolla, California, U.S.
|Institutions||Mayo Clinic 1947–1951
University of Pittsburgh 1951–1955
Case Western Reserve University 1955–1967
|Alma mater||Yale University
Columbia University MD
|Notable awards||E. Mead Johnson Award (1948)|
|Competitor for the United States|
Benjamin McLane Spock (May 2, 1903 – March 15, 1998) was an American pediatrician whose book Baby and Child Care (1946) is one of the best-sellers of all time. The book said to mothers "you know more than you think you do".
Spock was the first pediatrician to study psychoanalysis to try to understand children's needs. His ideas influenced parents to be more flexible and affectionate with their children, and to treat them as individuals. However, his theories were also widely criticized by colleagues. According to the critics, he relied too heavily on anecdotal evidence rather than serious academic research.
Spock was regarded as a radical during the troubled times of the Vietnam War.
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