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Infant Feeding

Wilson, Owen H. The Care and Feeding of Southern Babies; a Guide for Mothers, Nurses, and Baby Welfare Workers in the South. Nashville, Tennessee: Cokesbury Press, 1926.

Owen Wilson (1870-1960) was a native of Tennessee, a graduate of Vanderbilt Medical School (1891), a practicing pediatrician, and a part-time lecturer in pediatrics at Vanderbilt Medical School from 1909 through 1942. He believed that Southern babies, because of climate and family food habits, needed feeding guidelines different from those given in leading pediatric texts of the early twentieth century. Dr. Wilson's book is very practical, with clear, simple instructions on the care and feeding of children from birth until age three. Tables of development, heights and weights and some recipes are included. Only three hundred copies of this book were published.