From the Inside Flap
"Apples Mothers and Medicine is a fascinating sociohistorical documentation of infant feeding practices, of the mothers role in the creation of information and hospital support systems, and the development of pediatrics as a medical specialty."Choice Magazine.
"Apples book is an important contribution to the social history of American medicine. It will be invaluable, however, not only to historians of medicine, but to others interested in the historical relationships between physicians, infants, and their parents."Susan E. Lederer, The History of Medicine.
"It is ironic that now that truly scientific research in biochemistry, bacteriology, immunology, and nutrition has established the other benefits of breastfeeding in addition to the psychological ones, Apple has well demonstrated that it can no longer be considered "natural" - it must often be taught."Nell Pape Warning, Journal of the American Medical Association.
". . . in Mothers and Medicine Rima D. Apple analyzes the fascinating transition from breastfeeding to bottle-feeding. These parallel but intimately related stories make a noteworthy contribution to the larger history of the body that is evolving at the intersection of several different fields within contemporary feminist scholarship."Joan Jacobs Brumberg, The Womens Review of Books.
"Apples painstaking research makes Mothers and Medicine a rich source of information about the scientists, doctors, nutritionists and entrepreneurs who struggled for hegemony in the infant feeding business."Joan Jacobs Brumberg, The Womens Review of Books.
"Apples book is an illuminating analysis of many of the social forces that led to a revolution in infant feeding practices in the United States as well as other industrialized countries."Armond Goldman, Medical Humanities Review.
"Focusing on the history of infant feeding, this book clarifies the major elements involved in the complex and sometimes contradictory interaction between women and the medical professions, revealing much about the changing roles of mothers and physicians in American society."Bulletin of the History of Medicine.