The Section on Pediatrics of the American Medical Association has passed the half-century mark. It is a fitting time to pass in review its past and to take note of the growth, the changing trends, the progress and the achievements of this important section, and to recall the names of colleagues identified with its development, not a few of whom were in the truest sense makers of American pediatric history.
The Section on Pediatrics was organized as an independent section of the American Medical Association at its thirty-first annual meeting held in New York City in 1880. Abraham Jacobi, whom probably quite a few in this audience will recall and who is regarded with reverence by all of us as the father of American pediatrics, was the founder of the organization.
After an eloquent address by Dr. Jacobi on the claims of pediatric medicine, Dr. S. C. Busey of Washington,
SCHLUTZ FW. THE FIRST HALF-CENTURY OF THE SECTION ON PEDIATRICS: CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS. JAMA. 1933;101(6):417–420. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740310001001
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