Dissertation sur l'education physique des enfants, depuis leur naissance jusqu'a l'age de puberte: ouvrage qui a remporte le Prix, le 21 Mai 1762, a la Societe Hollandoise des Sciences. Nouvelle edition.
by BALLEXSERD, Jacques (1726-1774).
Paris:: Chez la Veuve Vallat-la-Chapelle, 1780., 1780. 2 volumes in 1. 8vo. xvi, 230, ; [iii-x], 128 pp. Half-title, small title woodcut vignettes for each part. Contemporary full mottled calf, gilt-stamped spine, red leather label; joints cracked, extremities worn, but a very good copy. Third edition. The first paper is a prize-winning essay, from the Academy of Haarlem, on the physical education of children from birth to puberty. The Dissertation sur l'education physique des enfants, was first issued in 1762, with a second edition in 1763. WorldCat shows several issues as well as a German translation in 1776. The main work, here in a printing of 1780, is dedicated to his teacher, Antoine Petit who taught at the Medecine de la Faculte de Paris, and was a member of the Royal Academy of Science, etc. Still states that a large portion of this essay relates to suckling and encouraging mothers to feed their children thus. – Still, pp. 414-5. The second essay, Dissertation sur cette question, according to Still written in 1772, but not issued till 1775 – making this a first edition – is the author's inquiry into the causes of death among children and some proposed remedies for helping to encourage their survival. It was also a prize winning essay. Ballexserd starts with the position that the number one cause of death with children is because of an acquired disability of the parents. He mentions the dangers of persons hired to care for infants [nannies]. Diet is touched on. Improper swaddling of the infant is also given as the third highest cause of death. Fevers are given the fourth rank as a cause of death; with this point the author chooses to mention also that some soup served to children is unhealthy for their teeth. Other ailments are touched on, though at the end of the book, coupled with medication. REFERENCES: Grulee 580 & 581 [pagination differs – seemingly an error in Grulee]; Still, History of Paediatrics, pp. 414-6. [ADDED FULL TITLES: [Bound with the author's]: Dissertation sur cette question: quelles font les causes principales de la mort d'un aussi grand nombre d'enfans, & quels sont les preservatifs les plus efficaces & les plus simples pour leur conserver la vie? . . . couronnee par l'Academie Royale des Sciences de Mantoue, en 1772. Geneve: Chez Isac Bardin, 1775.] [FFrye C188]
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