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Dr. Denmark Said It!: Advice for Mothers from America's Most Experienced Pediatrician Paperback – March, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0970381408 ISBN-10: 0970381409 Edition: 2nd Ed Revised

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Caring for Kids Inc; 2nd Ed Revised edition (March 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970381409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970381408
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Lamb on January 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
Dr. Denmark was my pediatrician growing up (as well as my 6 siblings) and I have used her advice since having my baby. I keep a copy of her out of print book, Every Child Should Have a Chance, by my bedside and refer to it often for practical advice and encouragement. Anyone criticizing Dr. Denmark has obviously not met the woman. If you had met her, you could have nothing but esteem for her, her life's work, and the wonderful and healthy people she has helped to bring into the world.

I think that Madia Bowman had a great idea in writing a book about Dr. Denmark's philosophies, but regret that it is not thorough enough (nor well enough written) to answer today's skeptical attachment parents. What I really wish is that Dr. Denmark's own book could be edited down to be more readable and concise, and to include a good index and glossary. The richness of her stories and experience come across in her beautiful language and really make sense in a way that a quick listing of her recommended schedules, etc., do not. Here is a quick example of Dr. Denmark's common sense philosophy, taken from her book (pp 2-3):

"Many times when I meet parents who are in tears with their first baby, I say to them, 'You see that little squirrel out there in that tree; she has babies and she has never read a book or been to a doctor--yet she knows just what to do for them. If you will just settle down and think for yourselves, you will find that these problems are not half as big as they seem. All that little squirrel does for her babies is to feed them, keep them clean, warm or cool, and away from people.' Maybe it is not quite that simple, but it is not half as complicated as the books, neighbors, grandparents, and doctors would make you think it is."

With that said, as Mrs.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Martin on March 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
I live in the Atlanta area and have many friends and relatives who were patients of Dr. Denmark. I now have an 8-year-old, a 3-year-old and a new baby. We have struggled for years with the other popular pediatricians' advice, only to return to the advice of Dr. Denmark. Of course, there are some suggestions that you have to take considering the times--for example, we don't lay our babies down on the abdomen. However, her scheduling advice cannot be beat. Our children were good kids but pretty much out of control with their schedules, and that made everyone in the household unhappy. After two days on the schedule she recommends, they are like different people and we are all so much happier. Any parent should realize that you can't follow ANY plan to the letter, and you take from them what suits your situation. This book is excellent, however, and makes you realize that you are there to guide your children and makes you appreciate and love your responsibility as a parent. Following her advice, I don't think one could look at parenting as a chore...it is a joy.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline L. Smith on October 9, 2002
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Dr. Denmark was my mother's baby doctor in the 1940's, and I have taken our children to her for 18 years. She developed the whooping cough vaccine, and did alot of research on child nutrition and immunizations. Dr. Denmark discovered that babies cannot build immunity from immunizations until they are 5 months old, thus, every immunization administered before baby reaches 5 months old is utterly useless. Dr. Denmark also researched milk in the diet; she learned first-hand that giving milk after the nursing period is detrimental to the health-it does more harm than good! Back to this book-in it you will learn how to deal with fever, insect bites, tummy aches-when to seek a doctor's help, and what to do till morning! Madia Bowman, the authoress, is a mother whose children benefitted from the excellent teaching of Dr. Denmark. Dr. D taught the mothers who came to her to care properly for their children, thus eliminating many health problems and even our need for Dr. Denmark's services! Dr. Denmark retired in February, 2001, around her 103 birthday. She doctored more children than anybody on the face of this earth (would anyone like to dispute that?) and knows more about baby/child care than anyone else. If you aren't one of the priviledged families who personally know Dr. Denmark, then you must read this book! Dr. Leila Daughtry-Denmark herself wrote a book "Every Child Should have a Chance," but unless you live in Atlanta, you'll never be able to find a copy. October 9, 2002
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2002
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Dr. Denmark is an absolutely amazing doctor. She has been in invaluable help to my family. There have been medical situations that other doctor's were baffled by. Dr. Denmark had the answer. She has been quick to answer any question. We could call her any time of the day or night and she would gladly help us. She looks at our children as "little angels" as she calls them. When we brought our children home from the hospital she told us exactly what we needed to know. All of this information is in the book. Everything from what to feed them and when to feed them, as well as home remedies for medical problems. I am so glad that we have Dr. Denmark's ideas, beliefs and remedies to look at and to pass on to our children and grandchildren.
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