May 1974

Davison's Compleat Pediatrician, ed 9.

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By Jay M. Arena, MD. Price, $19.50. Pp 792. Lea & Febiger, 600 Washington Square, Philadelphia 19106, 1971.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;133(5):879. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320170155041

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The Compleat Pediatrician was originated in 1919 by Wilburt C. Davison, who was then on the Johns Hopkins Hospital pediatric staff. It consisted of a small book of notes, facts, methods, and other medical information otherwise easily forgotten. The one-pound volume was kept at that weight for ease in carrying so that it might be a readily accessible reference source to the pediatric house officer or practicing pediatrician. While the book survived eight editions in this form, the author disclaimed "100% thoroughness but only an attempt to present the bare facts." As Davison moved from Johns Hopkins to become the first dean and chairman of pediatrics at Duke in 1927, he is credited with virtually having built the school himself. In his declining years, members of his staff who studied under and worked with Davison (many of whom have since left the School to take positions elsewhere across the country),

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