The course followed by the ship of pediatrics is changing. In many schools of medicine pediatrics now ranks with internal medicine, surgery and obstetrics as a major subject of instruction; in other words, it is no longer a so-called minor specialty.
The fact that pediatrics is receiving more and more consideration in the curriculum of the schools of medicine indicates clearly that its progress and importance are being appreciated and utilized. And the marked and rapid increase in the number of men devoting themselves to this field also shows that the public appreciates the value and need of pediatrics.
Physicians trained in pediatrics today are general practitioners of the best type, rather than specialists in the narrow sense, as they formerly were. In addition to caring for the physical ills of infants and children, the pediatrician of today is also concerned with the proper training of the child and with
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