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There exists in the city of Chicago, and similar organizations can probably be found in other centers, a society for the promotion of child-study. While the leading idea of such study is undoubtedly psychologic, the subject is suggestive in a medical point of view, and may well be worth an editorial comment in a journal that only deals with psychologic questions in their specially medical aspects and bearings.
There is no period in life when mental and physical development is as rapid as in childhood, and therefore there is none more interesting in a physiologic as well as in a psychologic point of view. Physicians have studied children in their pathologic peculiarities; pediatrics is a recognized medical specialty, but it is a reasonable question whether it might not be as well to widen its scope and take into it some attention to the unfolding of the intellectual life in its
CHILD STUDY.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(8):386-387. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430600038008