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The Child as Scientific Object

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Science  11 May 2007:
Vol. 316, Issue 5826, pp. 835
DOI: 10.1126/science.1136576

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Science in the Service of Children, 1893-1935. By Alice Boardman Smuts. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2006. 395 pp. $55. ISBN 9780300108972.

Describing the development of the field of child study during the early 20th century, Smuts discusses the rise of psychological research, "scientific" child rearing, and the intersection of science and policy-making.