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Baby and infant healthcare in Dresden, 1897–1930
in Histories of nursing practice
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Baby and infant healthcare evolved in association with the emergence of modern scientific medicine and scientific hygiene and the resulting development of public healthcare. The insight that 'a child was not a small adult' led to the establishment of paediatric medicine as a medical specialisation and as a starting point for the development of infant healthcare. One of the main duties of the Dresden baby nurses was adherence to hygiene regulations. Asepsis was the main pillar of infant healthcare. From its inception, one of the aims of the Dresden Association was to train nurses for the care of sick babies and children. According to paediatrician Arthur Schlossmann, healthcare for babies rested on three basic principles: well-trained specialist nurses for babies, asepsis and nutrition. Schlossmann had conceived infant nursing as a profession in its own right that was to be independent of general nursing.

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