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Montessori for Parents.

Walter C. Alvarez, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(1):92. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290130094022.
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Those of us who are 70 years of age or older can remember the excitement when Italy's Maria Montessori published in 1912 her book telling of her accomplishments in the treatment of somewhat handicapped children. The book was soon out of print but teachers of small children still kept talking about "the Montessori system." Dorothy Fisher introduced this system into America after studying with Madame Montessori in Rome. As Dorothy Fisher says, usually an author who is far ahead of his or her time has to wait for 50 years to be really appreciated, and now the 50 years is past. Hence, now this book ought to be immensely better received than it was received in 1912!

Maria Montessori was born in 1870 and was the first woman ever granted a medical degree by an Italian university. Even as a child she showed great ability in mathematics, so much so


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