T. Berry Brazelton
Thomas Berry Brazelton (born May 10, 1919) is a noted pediatrician and author in the United States. Major hospitals throughout the world use the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS). Many parents know him as the host of a cable television program What Every Baby Knows, and as author of a syndicated newspaper column. Brazelton has written more than two hundred scholarly papers and twenty four books. His Columbia Alumni Profile describes him as "America's most celebrated and influential baby doctor since Benjamin Spock" (also a Columbia alumnus).
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... On January 12, 2009, Brazelton passed on an urban legend about cats smothering babies in his newspaper column as fact and advised expectant mothers to get rid of their cats ...
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