Perfect Motherhood: Science and Childrearing in America

Over the past two hundred years, science has entered the realm of motherhood in increasingly significant ways. “Perfect Motherhood: Science and Child Rearing in America“ encompasses everything there is to know. This vast array of information, compiled and analyzed by author Rima Apple, does a good job of revealing the foundations upon which many of our present child rearing philosophies and parenting styles are built.

Rima D. Apple is Vilas Life Cycle Professor in the school of human ecology and the women’s studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“With skill and imagination, Rima Apple tracks the evolution of scientific advice to mothers through a prodigious array of sources. The book honors the rich particularity of women’s experiences and thoughtfully examines the relationships between mothers and medical experts.” Barbara Melosh, author of Strangers and Kin: The American Way of Adoption

“Clearly and comprehensively, Apple demonstrates how mothers have balanced the latest scientific data about childrearing with their basic maternal instincts. Both Apple – and her moms – have done an excellent job!” Barron H. Lerner, M.D., Ph.D., author of The Breast


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