To have a captive audience like the present one, no time clock and no possibility of rebuttal from the floor, is a rare and nonrecurring opportunity. I want to make the most of it.
Last May, our then president, Dr. Levine gave us a timely and stimulating address entitled "Pediatrics at the Cross Roads." 1 I shall use a different metaphor—"Pediatrics at the Delta"—for reasons which will become apparent as I go on.
In 1923, some 38 years ago, I attended my first meeting of the American Pediatrics Society. It was held in French Lick Springs. My father was the president on that occasion and gave an address entitled "American Pediatrics—A Retrospect and a Forecast."2 It makes interesting reading today. Contrasting the pediatrics of that day with that of a quarter-century earlier, he listed a number of outstanding developments. Pediatric departments had developed in medical schools, several of them
HOLT LE. Pediatrics at the Delta. Am J Dis Child. 1961;102(5):671-676. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.02080010673003