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July 16, 1910


JAMA. 1910;55(3):179-181. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330030001001

Since my paper deals with no narrow specialty, but one which involves the application to youthful subjects of all the rapidly growing wealth of medical knowledge, I am aware that it will be a difficult matter to present the rôle of pediatrics in preventive medicine without trenching somewhat on the field of other speakers. As a specialty, it can scarcely be said to have been recognized in this country before the creation of a separate department for our distinguished colleague, Dr. Jacobi, at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York, in the year 1860. Before that time, and too largely thereafter, it was linked to obstetrics and diseases of women, with which subjects it had only a quasi connection, and in consequence its study was contracted and neglected. Having broken its bonds, however, and emerged from overshadowing obscurity, pediatrics to-day stands for the application of the same scientific

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