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.
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.
Paulson JA. Pediatrics, History. JAMA. 2003;289(20):2725-2726. doi:10.1001/jama.289.20.2725