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May 18, 1957

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS AS POISON FIGHTERS

JAMA. 1957;164(3):323. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980030099025

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  The special report "Pursuing the Killers," in The Journal, Jan. 12, page 114, in describing the intense professional as well as lay organized activity to combat chemical poisoning—much of it accidental and in children—mentioned "the American Association of Pediatrics" as "a pioneer poison fighter." This typographical slip gives me an opportunity to identify the organization by its correct name, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and to add a brief comment to show that the American Academy of Pediatrics could more properly be credited as "the" pioneer poison fighter. The academy is responsible for initiating and continuing to furnish the necessary motive power through ideas and organization not only to make possible the wide range of professional and lay organized activity described in the article but to keep the movement in high gear.The academy in 1950 created a committee on accident prevention. One of the first acts

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