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 on April 21, 1976
Benjamin McLane Spock
May 2, 1903
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
|Died||March 15, 1998 (aged 94)|
La Jolla, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Yale University|
Columbia University MD
|Awards||E. Mead Johnson Award (1948)|
|Institutions||Mayo Clinic 1947–1951|
University of Pittsburgh 1951–1955
Case Western Reserve University 1955–1967
|Representing the United States|
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.
- Hidalgo, Louise (23 August 2011). "Dr Spock's Baby and Child Care at 65". BBC.
- Maier, Thomas. 1998. Doctor Spock: an American life. NY: Harcourt Brace, p260.
- Bloom, Lynn Z. 1972. Doctor Spock: biography of a conservative radical. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill.