Dr. Spock

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Dr. Spock


By: danielle ierardi

Benjamin Spock "Dr.Benjamin Spock, hailed as the grandfather of pediatrics, is known as
the leading authority on child rearing." (Gale 1997) Dr. Benjamin Spock was born on May 2
1903 in New Haven Connecticut, The oldest of six children of a lawyer. Spock attended Yale
university, where he became a member of the Yale rowing crew that won the gold metal at
the 1924 Olympic games in Paris. Spock planned to pursue a career in architecture, but
changed his mind after spending a summer as a camp counselor. From that point on he
decided to become a doctor so that he could devote his life to helping children. From
there on , Dr. Spock has been know as the authority on how to raise a child. Spock has
written over 12 books on the subjects pertaining to child development and care. His first
book Baby and Child Care published in 1945, has since sold more than 40 million copies.,
making it second only to the bible sales worldwide. The book has also been translated into
39 different languages. Not only is Spock known for being a great pediatrician and author,
but he is known as a political activist as well. Spock was a high-profile political
activist in the 1960's. Spock came under fire from critics like Vice president Spiro Agnew
in the 1960's who branded him "The father of permissiveness" responsible for a generation
of hippies. Spock joined those youths in protests against nuclear technology and the
Vietnam war and in 1967 led a march on the Pentagon. He was arrested numerous times for
civil disobedience, and even ran for U.S. president as a candidate for the people's party
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