The subject of my paper consists in two questions that seem antithetic to each other, and I ask these questions in the same spirit that evoked the old and trite saying, as true as it is old, "Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well." If the symptomatology, etiology and treatment of the diseases of early and adult life were precisely alike there would be no need for the special study of pediatrics; but they are not alike, as they differ often in their pathology, yea, even in their anatomy, to such an extent that good treatment for a given disease in an adult would be bad treatment for a child. Again, some diseases that in childhood are very severe and correspondingly fatal, in adult life are extremely mild or do not appear at all or at least are rare, and the converse is exactly true of others.
WAHRER CF. THE STUDY OF PEDIATRICSIS IT WORTH THE ATTENTION IT GETS, AND DOES IT GET THE ATTENTION IT DESERVES?. JAMA. 1903;XL(23):1557–1558. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490230007002b