L. Emmett Holt

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Luther Emmett Holt

Luther Emmett Holt, M.D.[a 1], (4 March 1855 in Webster, NY, USA – 14 January 1924 in Peking, China) was an American pediatrician and author, noted for writing The Care and Feeding of Children: A Catechism for the Use of Mothers and Children's Nurses in 1894.[1]

As president of the American Association for the Study and Prevention of Infant Mortality (AASPIM), Holt promoted reproduction control by society as a means of eugenics. In his 1913 presidential address he said:[1]

We must eliminate the unfit by birth not by death. The race is to be most effectively improved by preventing marriage and reproduction by the unfit, among whom we would class the diseased, the degenerate, the defective, and the criminal.
– L. Emmett Holt[2]

He wrote The Care and Feeding of Children to great acclaim, and the text quickly became a bestseller. He also wrote Diseases of Infancy and Childhood[3] in 1896; the book would go through 11 editions and remain the definitive text on pediatrics until 1940.[1]

In 1913, Holt reported tubercular mohels were transmitting tuberculosis to infant boys.[4]


  1. REFweb Doctor of Medicine, Wikipedia. Retrieved 14 June 2021. In the United Kingdom, Ireland and some Commonwealth countries, the abbreviation MD is common.


  1. a b c REFweb Luther Emmett Holt, Wikipedia. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  2. REFbook Meckel RA (1998): Save the Babies: American Public Health Reform and the Prevention of Infant Mortality, 1850-1929. Univ. of Michigan Press. P. 118.
  3. REFweb Glaser, Edwin V.. Rare Books. Retrieved 17 March 2010.
  4. REFjournal Holt LE. Tuberculosis acquired through ritual circumcision. JAMA. 12 July 1913; 61(2): 99-102. DOI. Retrieved 28 October 2019.