The Boke of Chyldren (1544) by Thomas Phaer was the first book on pediatrics published in England in English. At the time many medical professionals and lay people believed that disease and illness in children could not be treated because they were too young and fragile. It was also a time when most medical texts were written in Latin both as a universal scholastic language across Europe and to prevent laypeople from learning about medicine. Thomas Phaer wrote this book with a mind to change all of that.
Watch the video to learn more about England in the mid-16th century, about Thomas Phaer and his recommendations on topics like breastfeeding, hiring a wet nurse, getting baby to sleep, colic, dealing with teething pain, and even treatment of epilepsy. Features the voice of William North as Thomas Phaer, thanks Will!
Phaer, Thomas. 1544. The Boke Chyldren. London: Edward Whitechurch.