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To the Editor:—
The address "Pediatrics in Transition," by Wheatley, in The Journal (168:856-859 [Oct. 18] 1958) is cf interest. It is indeed commendable that some of the disciples of pediatrics should be yearning for new fields of interest, as a result of the accomplishments of their specialty and others in the field of preventive medicine.I would like to offer an idea concerning postgraduate education which may fill a void in the lives of some of those charged with the job of "child health supervision." I suggest that pediatric residency training include experience in anesthesiology. In most areas of our ccuntry there is a shortage of physicians qualified in the he administration of depressant drugs and the management of patients whose vital functions are depressed as the result of poisoning, infection, and trauma. a. A not inconsiderable number of surgical patients come from the pediatric age group. Certainly,
DeBacker LJ. TRAINING IN PEDIATRICS. JAMA. 1958;168(14):1929. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000140091025