The value of an infant

the rise of paediatrics in Australia, 1880-1910

Lisa Sharon Featherstone

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Abstract

Between 1880 and 1910 paediatrics in Australia developed not merely as a response to Enlightenment philosophical understandings of the child as precious and special, but as part of a wider demand for reproduction and population. A brief sketch of the international context will situate the specific Australian conditions, which include education, professionalisation and the emerging concept of infant mortality. A level of general specialisation within medicine was necessary for the development of paediatrics, in addition to a general and new interest in child health, which was a response to the social, political and economic needs of the emerging nation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-133
Number of pages24
JournalHealth and history
Volume10
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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