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May 1, 2013

Contrasts in Child Health Care and Child Health Research

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr Zylke (jody.zylke@jamanetwork.org) is Senior Editor, JAMA, Dr Bauchner is Editor in Chief, JAMA, and Dr Rivara is Editor of JAMA Pediatrics. Dr Rivara is also with the Child Health Institute, University of Washington, Seattle.

JAMA. 2013;309(17):1834-1836. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.4284

Pediatrics is a specialty of contrasts. Pediatricians care for preterm infants who weigh no more than a pound or two and older adolescents who weigh 100 times that amount. Health care professionals who care for children endeavor to keep healthy children healthy, providing anticipatory guidance about injury prevention or giving vaccinations, while they also provide care for children with serious illnesses, whether complex chronic conditions that will affect the child and his or her family for the entirety of their lives or devastating diseases such as cancer.