• The American Academy of Pediatrics mission statement equates physical, mental, and social health—indeed a major challenge for the profession. This article outlines the magnitude and evolution of physical, mental, and social problems presented to pediatricians during this century. Included are manifestations, and some causes, of social ill health; the response of research and education to the problems; and future steps needed if the challenge is to be met. The unanswered and disturbing question presents itself: Can, or should, pediatrics seriously attempt to meet the challenge of social ill health?
Thompson HC. Can Pediatrics Meet the Challenge of Social Ill Health?. Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(8):884-887. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460080070030