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August 1990

And the Children Shall Teach Us...

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Editor, AJDC

Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(8):849. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150320011002

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Sir.—While aware that most of my young patients are being exposed to computer concepts and applications, both at school and in their homes, I was not quite prepared for a recent office encounter. I entered an examining room and questioned Judy, a 9-year-old, why she had come to see me. She responded by handing me the enclosed "print-out."

Will office practice soon become obsolete and will care be provided via modems?

Russell S. Asnes, MD Tenafly Pediatrics, PA 32 Franklin St Tenafly, NJ 07670

Comment.—Advances have often occurred because our youth have shown us the way. This interesting encounter points out that youngsters in our society are rapidly becoming computer literate at an increasingly younger age. They will drive us into the modern era even if we attempt to dig in our heels. I have observed the same phenomenon in medical education. Medical students have

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