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Zahorsky, Zahorski, Zagorza—from whence stems the author's name—means "from the hills." So, our beloved "John from the hills" returns to the Ozark highlands of his childhood at Steelville, Mo., after 52 years of pediatric practice in St. Louis. Born in Hungary in 1871, brought to America as an infant, graduated from the Missouri Medical College in 1895, John Zahorsky at the peak of his career reputedly had one of the largest pediatric practices in the United States.
The World's Fair in St. Louis with its exhibit of incubator babies set the stage for an epidemic of diarrhea in the summer of 1904. The assignment of young Zahorsky to take charge prompted him to limit his practice to pediatrics. At that time, the pediatrician "was judged chiefly by his skill in feeding babies," and when Dr. Rotch of Harvard expounded his method of percentage feeding, "we pediatricians had something to support
From the Hills: An Autobiography of a Pediatrician.. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;82(1):107-108. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040040114013