Going to the Doctor
by T. Berry Brazelton, MD.
Epiphany library section 9 B: Juvenile (gr. K-5), Science.
From my favorite pediatrician comes this warm, delightful book for parents and their kids age 4-8 about going to the doctor. Dr. Brazelton tells kids why they go to the doctor’s office even when they are not sick, and covers what the doctor does during a check-up, from measuring a child’s height and weight, to using a stethoscope, otoscope, blood pressure cuff, eye chart, medicines, and sometimes….gulp…shots! He discusses the various body systems such as heart, lungs, muscles, and nerves. His years of pediatric experience have enabled him to discover children’s fears and questions about doctor visits. He addresses these concerns with warmth, honesty, good humor, and a mastery of medical knowledge which teaches children the basics of good health.
Dr. Brazelton asked his grandson to draw pictures about various aspects of a visit to the doctor, and readers will find them hilarious and so, so true. There are also colorful photos of Dr. Brazelton performing parts of a checkup with various children. His friendly smile would win any child’s trust. I have found his books very helpful over the years. Enjoy this book with your children, especially if they are less than thrilled with going to the doctor.