Benjamin Spock (1903-1998) was a pediatrician who wrote the 1946 book Baby and Child Care. It emphasized self-reliance in parents and encouraged mothers to act on their natural instincts to touch and cuddle infants. The opening sentence is "Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do".
However, the book has undergone substantial revision over the years because some of the advice it gave was contentious, if not downright harmful. Early editions, for example, recommended lying babies face down to sleep. We now know that this is a contributory factor in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS, or Cot Death) and that babies should be placed on their back.
He is often referred to simply as Dr. Spock.
National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee
As of May 1964, Benjamin Spock Ped & Psychiatry University, was listed as a sponsor of the Communist Party USA front, National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee.
GI Civil Liberties Defense Committee
Spock Prefers Reds to Thieu
In an article in the Washington Star, July 27, 1969, entitled "Spock Prefers Reds to Thieu", UPI, Portsmough (sich), N.H., the following quotes from Dr. Benjamin Spock revealed his leftist ideology, something that was missed by most of the mainstream media, and was later to surface when he ran for President of the U.S. under the banner of the Marxist "Peoples Party".
- Undated, GI Civil Liberties Defense Committee letterhead circa 1969