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November 1, 2000

History of Pediatrics: Nurturing Children: A History of Pediatrics

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2000;284(17):2250-2251. doi:10.1001/jama.284.17.2250-JBK1101-2-1

In this ambitious and highly readable book, A. R. Colón and P.A. Colón have done an admirable job of extracting the essential threads of pediatric medicine from a mass of sources dating from the beginning of recorded history, and provide fascinating reading for anyone interested in the history of child health.

Concepts central to modern pediatrics are surprisingly ancient. The perception of the child as physiologically distinct—engendering a distinct medical specialty—appears first in India and in China, where the first known text of pediatric medicine was written circa AD 910, predating Europe by 500 years. Hippocrates noted the variations of disease manifestations with age, and Celsus wrote in AD 10, "[C]hildren require to be treated entirely . . . differently from adults."