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To Dr. Faber: I wish to thank you for pointing out some inaccuracies in the paragraph on Abraham Jacobi of my article "Some Pediatric Milestones of the 19th Century" in the August issue of the American Journal of Diseases of Children. Dr. A. Ashley Weech sent me a copy of your letter to him. I admit some of the erroneous or vague statements but also have a few replies:
Contrary to your remark, Jacobi became the first professor of diseases of children in America in 1860 (not 1870), one year before J. Lewis Smith received a corresponding title, clinical professor of diseases of children, at Bellevue Hospital Medical College in 1861. Jacobi, himself, writes: his "was the first professorship of the kind in the United States. With it came the recognition of pediatry as a subject of coordinate title in medical teaching." Jacobi's
LANDSBERGER M. RE: PEDIATRIC MILESTONES-Reply. Am J Dis Child. 1965;109(4):370-371. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1965.02090020372020