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Infant Self-Help

Naturevolume 134page291 (1934) | Download Citation



BRAVO, Infant. Miss Chick and others, through Austrian sufferings, have taught us that, “crying for the light” you make use of it to do your own D-ing. Now comes the welcome news1, that you are not to be outdone even by the rat: that “mewling and pewking in [your] nurse's arms”, you can yet C—alone; in fact, make your own Antiscorbutic Acid, from birth up to about five months old—a time at which the doctrine “them ‘aves what we ‘aves” more or less naturally comes to your aid. Nature, it seems, still favours the now unpopular practice once so powerfully advocated by my old neighbour, the late Samuel Smiles. At the moment, however, the newspapers are full of prayers offered up by headmasters, even in Royal Presence, on prize day, that your dear brothers shall be kept on at school—I suppose to continue learning to be led and that they may develop a full measure of swollen head: they will not even have had enough science put into them to understand the wonderful example you are setting of self-helpfulness. Of course, I assume that the report is no mere report.

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    NATURE, 134, 142, July 28, 1934.

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