Dr Benjamin Spock's ‘Baby and Child Care’ Goes On Sale
On 14 July 1946, “The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care” by American paediatrician Benjamin Spock was published. The handbook for young parents was not only an iconic book of the 20th century, but also the first handbook in which the author calls for a child to be treated as an individual from the moment of birth. In the USSR, the book would be published for the first time in 1956 and would be the beginning of a revolutionary change in attitude towards children and childhood. In fact, it was only after the war that such a concept could have emerged - respect for the individual, the value of individuality, the right to freedom, as well as a delicate and caring attitude, as opposed to the authoritarianism and discipline that had so far prevailed.