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[Read in the Section on Diseases of Children, June, 1883.]
Many of our most successful practitioners of medicine amongst the adult population have made signal failures when called upon to exhibit their skill in the treatment of tender children. We have often been pained by the remarks dropped from the lips of some physicians whom we were endeavoring to regard as sample practitioners, on account of the indifference manifested, and the slight degree of importance attached to their practice among the children, such as, “Well, you may give a few drops of ‘paregoric,’ or some ‘catnip tea,’ or most anything of that kind you may find convenient, as we cannot do much for children so young;” or, “Your mothers or ‘old women’ can treat young children as well as I or any physician can;” or, “I don't like to treat children, it is so unsatisfactory. They cannot tell how they
CASEBEER JB. PæDIATRIC MEDICINE AND ITS RELATION TO GENERAL MEDICINE.. JAMA. 1883;I(11):327–330. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390110007001b