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February 19, 1955


JAMA. 1955;157(8):627-630. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950250001001

"With no language but a cry," children are asking for better surgical treatment of their ills and are begging for more thoughtful attention to congenital malformations with which it was their misfortune to be born. The newborn infant has no words to demand his rights and is aided only by a couple of flustered parents dismayed at the sudden misfortune of an unanticipated catastrophe. Many of the severest ills, especially of infants, are emergencies that preclude thoughtful analysis by parents of the consequences of the surgical care that their children are about to receive.

SPECIALIZATION IN PEDIATRICS  If our future is in the hands of the youth of the nation, then it is our responsibility to listen intently to the pleading cry of the child for a sound mind in a sound body. Towards this end pediatrics has made admirable progress during the past 50 years. At the turn of

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