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March 4, 1944

Pioneers of Pediatrics

JAMA. 1944;124(10):674. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850100064028

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In this edition, fresh from the press, Levinson has added new data, and he has recast some of the material contained in the first edition. He has adhered to his original intention to have the book serve as a compendium rather than an exhaustive treatise on pediatric history. The book contains interesting and pertinent descriptions of infantile disorders from the earliest periods of recorded history down to the present era. It is pointed out that in the papyri the sources of the recorded medical knowledge of Egypt are found, as well as directions for the hygienic care and feeding of infants and prescriptions for the treatment of disease. The author traces the origins of pediatric knowledge as it occurs in the Bible and the Talmud. He also briefly refers to the pediatric contributions and writings of the period of Islamic culture as well as the Graeco-Roman period. In several of

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