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Books, Journals, New Media
May 28, 2003

Pediatrics, History

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(20):2725-2726. doi:10.1001/jama.289.20.2725

At some point in medical school or residency, most physicians have been told something to the effect of, "Half of what you learn today will be wrong in 15 years." By the time most physicians have been in practice for 10 years, they have personal experience with the truth of that statement.

This book provides a selective history of the profession of pediatrics, back to its origins in the United States—a longer perspective than any of us can have personally. It pulls in parallel developments in public health and civil society. It thereby provides a vantage point for how things have changed over the decades, points out that what was once "known by all to be true" is not, and provides interesting insight into some of the assumptions and concerns about children that are prevalent in society and with which child health professionals of all types have to contend.

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