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August 18, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(7):517-518. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650070001001

The development of pediatrics in recent years has been quite remarkable. Two score years ago there were scarcely a dozen men engaged exclusively in children's work, while today there are nearly nineteen hundred physicians devoting their time to pediatrics, and nearly thirty-five hundred more who are particularly interested in our specialty. It is all the more remarkable when one considers its unique position in the field of medicine, for it differs from all other specialties in that it is not based on an anatomic part or system, as ophthalmology, or on a disease, as tuberculosis, or on a method of treatment or practice. As the name denotes, it has to do with the child. This and this alone is the raison d'être of considering pediatrics as a specialty, and it has seemed to me at times that we as pediatricians are not always keeping this fundamental conception clearly in the

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