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Candor compels me to admit that upon more exten-extensive investigation than I have hitherto made, I found that much more had been done and said, and better done and said, upon this subject than I was previously aware of, but found the subject matter widely scattered throughout voluminous medical literature.
Inasmuch as we are compelled to study and practice every department of medicine before we can become at all skillful in pediatrics, it would be most unsatisfactory to attempt to discuss diagnosis in this special department without first reviewing the subject of diagnosis in general, as it applies more or less to all ages and conditions of life. For we must and do endeavor to instruct our students, that pediatrics can never become "a specialty," as that term can only and properly be applied to the study and treatment of diseases of special organs or parts of the body, while
SLAGLE CG. DIAGNOSIS IN DISEASES OF INFANTS AND CHILDREN.. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(16):831-835. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430940001001