In the balance: weighing babies and the birth of the infant welfare clinic.

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  • Author(s): Weaver LT;Weaver LT
  • Source:
    Bulletin Of The History Of Medicine [Bull Hist Med] 2010 Spring; Vol. 84 (1), pp. 30-57.
  • Publication Type:
    Historical Article; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Language:
    English
  • Additional Information
    • Source:
      Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press Country of Publication: United States NLM ID: 0141233 Publication Model: Print Cited Medium: Print ISSN: 0007-5140 (Print) Linking ISSN: 00075140 NLM ISO Abbreviation: Bull Hist Med Subsets: MEDLINE; History of Medicine
    • Publication Information:
      Original Publication: Baltimore, MD : Johns Hopkins University Press
    • Subject Terms:
    • Abstract:
      The nineteenth century saw the incorporation of technology, such as the stethoscope, microscope, and thermometer, into clinical medicine. An instrument that has received less attention in the history of the role of technology in medicine is the weighing balance, or scale. Although not new to nineteenth-century medicine, it played an important part in the rise of the numerical method and its application to the development and shaping of pediatrics. This article explores the origin and development of the weighing of babies. During its clinical and scientific adoption, this simple procedure was refined and applied in a number of increasingly sophisticated and far-reaching ways: as a measure of the dimensions of the fetus and newborn, as an index of the viability of the newborn, as a means of estimating milk intake, as a way of distinguishing normality from abnormality, as a summary measure of infant health, and as an instrument of mass surveillance. In so doing it changed the way in which medical care was delivered to infants.
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    • Grant Information:
      United Kingdom Wellcome Trust
    • Publication Date:
      Date Created: 20100717 Date Completed: 20100729 Latest Revision: 20191111
    • Publication Date:
      20191112
    • Accession Number:
      20632732
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      WEAVER, L. T. In the balance: weighing babies and the birth of the infant welfare clinic. Bulletin Of The History Of Medicine, [s. l.], v. 84, n. 1, p. 30–57, 2010. Disponível em: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=mdc&AN=20632732&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912. Acesso em: 28 mar. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Weaver LT. In the balance: weighing babies and the birth of the infant welfare clinic. Bulletin Of The History Of Medicine. 2010;84(1):30-57. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=mdc&AN=20632732&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912. Accessed March 28, 2020.
    • APA:
      Weaver, L. T. (2010). In the balance: weighing babies and the birth of the infant welfare clinic. Bulletin Of The History Of Medicine, 84(1), 30–57.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Weaver, Lawrence T. 2010. “In the Balance: Weighing Babies and the Birth of the Infant Welfare Clinic.” Bulletin Of The History Of Medicine 84 (1): 30–57. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=mdc&AN=20632732&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912.
    • Harvard:
      Weaver, L. T. (2010) ‘In the balance: weighing babies and the birth of the infant welfare clinic’, Bulletin Of The History Of Medicine, 84(1), pp. 30–57. Available at: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=mdc&AN=20632732&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912 (Accessed: 28 March 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Weaver, LT 2010, ‘In the balance: weighing babies and the birth of the infant welfare clinic’, Bulletin Of The History Of Medicine, vol. 84, no. 1, pp. 30–57, viewed 28 March 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Weaver, Lawrence T. “In the Balance: Weighing Babies and the Birth of the Infant Welfare Clinic.” Bulletin Of The History Of Medicine, vol. 84, no. 1, 2010, pp. 30–57. EBSCOhost, widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=mdc&AN=20632732&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Weaver, Lawrence T. “In the Balance: Weighing Babies and the Birth of the Infant Welfare Clinic.” Bulletin Of The History Of Medicine 84, no. 1 (2010): 30–57. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=mdc&AN=20632732&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Weaver LT. In the balance: weighing babies and the birth of the infant welfare clinic. Bulletin Of The History Of Medicine [Internet]. 2010 [cited 2020 Mar 28];84(1):30–57. Available from: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=mdc&AN=20632732&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912