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Pediatrics in Art |

FRENCH DEVICES USED IN CHILDHOOD

JOHN RUHRÄH, M.D.
Am J Dis Child. 1935;49(4):1007. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970040175020.
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The accompanying illustration is a detail from a print entitled "Tableau de la vie humaine" which was engraved by Alexandre Jan, an eighteenth century artist, and is now in the Cabinet des Estampes in the Biliothèque Nationale, in Paris. It depicts children from birth to adolescence, showing the binder used for the infants and a binder and a baillotte which is still to be seen in use in Charente. The baillotte was often made of plaited straw or rushes and furnished a stiff support for the child, who when placed in it was stood about almost any place, which must have been most uncomfortable. The child was placed in this contrivance when it was 6 or 8 months of age, the binder on the legs enabling it to stand. The older infant in the illustration has a walker or "chariot," and the older child, a hobby-horse or "dada."

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