Dr Mullan is clinical professor of pediatrics and health care sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC, and a contributing editor of the journal Health Affairs, which is published by Project HOPE, Bethesda, Md.
Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.
One hundred fifty years ago when the first
American physicians began calling themselves pediatricians, some 200
infants died in the first year of life of every 1000 born. Today that
rate is 7 in 1000, a monumental accomplishment of pediatrics and of
public health and a marker of dramatically improved child health in the
Selma Deitch is a
practitioner of both of these disciplines and
for much of the latter half of this century has devoted her training,
her energies, and her personality to the cause of improving the health
of children. At 73, she remains in full stride as the founder,
executive director, and chief booster of Child Health Services, a
19-year-old, innovative pediatric clinic for low-income families in
downtown Manchester, New Hampshire. Part clinician and part population
health zealot, she sees patients, raises precious support funds, and
consults nationally on maternal and child health issues. "I work two
weeks a week," she states simply.
Mullan F. Selma Deitch, MD, MPH: Children First. JAMA. 1998;280(21):1867-1871. doi:10.1001/jama.280.21.1867