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November 12, 1960

Who Will Take Care of the Children?

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, and the Boston Lying-in and Children's Hospitals.

JAMA. 1960;174(11):1373-1376. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030110001001

Predictions are offered as to the medical care of tomorrow's predictably numerous children. It is suggested that younger parents and grandparetns are willing to assume, and should be given, a larger share in such care, under medical supervision. Some of that supervision will require pediatric specialists. Most of it should be well within the capabilities of those pediatric generalists who refuse to be bored by it and those family doctors who are willing to keep sufficiently informed in pediatric medicine. It is to be hoped that the allocation of children's medical care will not be officially by directive from Washington, the A.M. A., the Specialty Boards. Children's medical care should be given by those doctors who are most interested and best prepared, many of whom may be not only the children's doctors but also the families' doctors.