October 1955

George and John Armstrong of Castleton.

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By William J. Maloney. Price, $4. Pp. 116. Williams & Wilkins Company, Mount Royal and Guilford Aves., Baltimore 2, 1954.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;90(4):477-478. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.04030010479017

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This small volume so carefully annotated represents much work on the part of the author, who unfortunately has not lived to see the product of his efforts. It is a compactly written little book with all the facts available noted, and one is struck from first to last with the severe conditions under which these two physicians worked.

While Dr. John Armstrong was well known as a poet, he was not allowed to practice medicine in London because he received his medical education in Scotland. The same might have been true of Dr. George Armstrong had he paid any attention to the laws, but he practiced among poor people, and his right to practice was never questioned.

The author calls him the father of modern pediatrics, which to a large extent he was. He opened the first pediatric hospital and clinic in the world so far as is known. It

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