Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, America's most celebrated pediatricians, and child development experts passed away on 13 March 2018. He died at his home in Barnstable, Massachusetts. He was 99.
Born on May 10, 1918, in Waco, Texas, Brazelton earned his medical degree at Columbia and did postgraduate medical work at Harvard. After serving U.S. Navy during a second world war, he completed his medical residency in Boston Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) before undertaking pediatric training at Children's Hospital of Boston. Dr. Brazelton began his private practice in 1950 and joined Harvard Medical School the next year. In his long career, he wrote books like “Toddlers and Parents: A Declaration of Independence” (1974) and “The Earliest Relationship: Parents, Infants, and the Drama of Early Attachment” (co-written with Bertrand G. Cramer, 1990). After years of practice and research, he developed the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale, often called the Brazelton. Developed in 1973, it was widely used to evaluate physical and neurological responses in newborn babies. In 2016 he was bestowed with Presidential Citizens Medal by the then American President Barack Obama for his selfless service. His wife Christina Lowell died in 2015 after 66 years of marriage. Brazelton is survived by four children and several grandchildren.
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