April 1965

Some Reflections on Pediatric Research

Author Affiliations

From the New York University Medical School.

Am J Dis Child. 1965;109(4):269-271. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1965.02090020271001

I FEEL MUCH honored to be asked to speak at the opening of your clinical research center. Although not a Buffalo graduate I do have a connection with your school. In 1876, my father began the study of medicine here, and although he stayed only one year before moving to New York, he was well rounded in the medicine of that day in both clinical and preclinical subjects. The lectures were the same each year for all students. One listened to them three times in a row and then graduated. Thus, although I am not a son of Buffalo, perhaps I could be regarded as a grandson.

Medical research and pediatric research are not new. There have always been rare individuals who asked questions, who challenged dogmas, who developed new concepts and tested them with careful observations; but in the early days these individuals were centuries apart, they were often

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