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JAMA NetSight
May 20, 1998

Pediatrics on the PC

Author Affiliations

From Medsite Communications Corp, Boston, Mass (Dr Peters, e-mail: rpeters@tiac.net; Dr Sikorski, e-mail: rsikorski@erols.com).

 

Edited by William M. Silberg, Editorial Director, Medical News and New Media Office, AMA Scientific Information and Multimedia Group.

JAMA. 1998;279(19):1583-1584. doi:10.1001/jama.279.19.1583

Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.—Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince

A man brings his 4-month-old daughter to the pediatrician seeking treatment for colic, expressing frustration that nothing he and his wife seem to try will alleviate the child's symptoms. The physician takes a thorough history, examines the child, and recommends a number of possible remedies. She prints out a copy of a patient-oriented fact sheet she found on a US government Web site. And then she refers the parents to several other sites that she thinks would be useful.

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