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IT IS difficult for me to think of any clinical department with which it is not desirable—highly desirable—that pediatricians shall have a practical working collaboration in the study of clinical problems, in our efforts to find their solution and in the teaching of these processes. To my mind, then, every correlation between pediatrics and the other clinical departments is a consummation devoutly to be wished. One could argue only in regard to degree, emphasis and mode of achievement, always with a weather eye cocked to make sure that "the tail does not wag the dog."
Correlations with other departments are largely a matter of attitudes. There has been great progress from the days when pediatricians were looked on by their clinical confreres as a somewhat schizoid band of formula fixers, stool gazers and chin chuckers. Nowadays, when a pediatrician is discovered ardently grinning, cooing or clucking at a small package
McINTOSH R. DESIRABLE CORRELATIONS BETWEEN PEDIATRICS AND OTHER CLINICAL DEPARTMENTS. Am J Dis Child. 1948;76(5):533-540. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030030546007