Doctor Benjamin McLane Spock
), was an American pediatrician
whose book Baby and Child Care
is one of the biggest best-sellers of all time. Its revolutionary message to mothers was that "you know more than you think you do."
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Spock was the first pediatrician to study psychoanalysis to try to understand children's needs and family dynamics.
While studying medicine at Yale University, Spock, was a rower. As member of the American eight crew, he won a gold medal at the 1924 Summer Olympics.
Spock was a candidate for the People's Party in the 1972 United States presidential election, but he failed to get the required number of 80,000 votes.