Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.
July 2005 marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). This specialty society was formed in part as a reaction to the American Medical Association (AMA) position against the Sheppard-Towner Act of 1922, which provided federal monies to maternal and child health programs. Much to the dismay of the AMA at large, its Section on the Diseases of Children had unanimously commended the bill, leading to a firm reprimand by the AMA House of Delegates. After 7 years of perceiving their field as the “unwanted child in the family of medicine,” several prominent American pediatricians joined to form the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1930.
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