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Spock on April 21, 1976
Benjamin McLane Spock

(1903-05-02)May 2, 1903
Died March 15, 1998(1998-03-15) (aged 94)
Nationality American
Alma mater Yale University
Columbia University MD
Awards E. Mead Johnson Award (1948)
Scientific career
Fields Pediatrics, Psychoanalysis
Institutions Mayo Clinic 1947–1951
University of Pittsburgh 1951–1955
Case Western Reserve University 1955–1967
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Benjamin Spock
Medal record
Men's rowing
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1924 Paris Eight

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.

Spock won an Olympic gold medal in rowing in 1924 while attending Yale University.

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