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Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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From sentimental stories about polio to the latest cherub in hospital commercials, sick children tug at the public’s heartstrings. However sick children have not always had adequate medical care or protection. The essays in Children’s Issues in Historical Perspective investigate the identification, prevention, and treatment of childhood diseases from the 1800s onwards, in areas ranging from French-colonial Vietnam to nineteenth-century northern British Columbia, from New Zealand fresh air camps to American health fairs.

Themes include: the role of government and/or the private sector in initiating and underwriting child public health programs; the growth of the profession of pediatrics and its views on “proper” mothering techniques; the role of nationalism, as well as ethnic and racial dimensions in child-saving movements; normative behaviour, social control, and the treatment of “deviant” children and adolescents; poverty, wealth, and child health measures; and the development of the modern children’s hospital.

This liberally illustrated collection reflects the growing academic interest in all aspects of childhood, especially child health, and originates from health care professionals and scholars across the disciplines. An introduction by the editors places the historical themes in context and offers an overview of the contemporary study of children’s health.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. xi
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  1. Introduction: The Spotlight on Children
  2. pp. 14-33
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  1. POLITICS
  2. pp. 21-22
  1. Vegetables on Parade: American Medicine and the Child Health Movement in the Jazz Age
  2. pp. 23-72
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  1. No More Surprising Than a Broken Pitcher?: Maternal and Child Health in the Early Years of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau
  2. pp. 73-100
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  1. Entre la «Revanche» et la «Veillée» des berceaux: Les médecins québécois francophones, la mortalité infantile, et la question nationale, 1910–1940
  2. pp. 101-128
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  1. NUTRITION
  2. pp. 129-130
  1. Infant Ideologies: Doctors, Mothers, and the Feeding of Children in Australia, 1880–1910
  2. pp. 131-160
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  1. Perpetually Malnourished?: Diet, Health, and America’s Young in the Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 161-190
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  1. The Early Development of Nutrition Policy in Canada
  2. pp. 191-206
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  1. RACIAL AND ETHNIC DIMENSIONS
  2. pp. 207-208
  1. Caring for the Foreign-Born: The Health of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1890–1925
  2. pp. 209-226
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  1. La médicalisation de la mère et de son enfant: L’exemple du Vietnam sous domination française, 1860–1939
  2. pp. 227-266
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  1. Complicating Childhood: Gender, Ethnicity, and “Disadvantage” within the New Zealand Children’s Health Camps Movement
  2. pp. 267-286
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  1. Race, Class, and Health: School Medical Inspection and “Healthy” Children in British Columbia, 1890–1930
  2. pp. 287-304
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  1. Ordering the Bath: Children, Health, and Hygiene in Northern Canadian Communities, 1900–1970
  2. pp. 305-324
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  1. EXPERTS
  2. pp. 325-326
  1. Physician Denial and Child Sexual Abuse in America, 1870–2000
  2. pp. 327-354
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  1. “Living Symptoms”: Adolescent Health Care in English Canada, 1920–1970
  2. pp. 355-390
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  1. The Iconography of Child Public Health: Between Medicine and Reform
  2. pp. 391-408
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  1. INSTITUTIONS
  2. pp. 409-410
  1. La contribution de l’Hôpital Saint-Paul et de l’Alexandra Hospital à la lutte contre les maladies contagieuses infantiles à Montréal, 1905–1934
  2. pp. 411-438
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  1. The Architecture of Children’s Hospitals in Toronto and Montreal, 1875–2010
  2. pp. 439-478
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  1. Frontier Health Services for Children: Alberta’s Provincial Travelling Clinic, 1924–1942
  2. pp. 479-506
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 507-532
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 533-536
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 537-554
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