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October 10, 1959

PEDIATRICS IN THE SPACE AGE

JAMA. 1959;171(6):641-643. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010240009004
Abstract

Those of us who can still remember the horse and buggy days, who have succeeded in living through the automotive age, and who have taken the atomic and jet ages in stride can hardly refrain from speculating on the future of pediatrics in the space age, which we are now entering. What advances will there be in the science of pediatrics? What changes will there be in the practice of pediatrics?

A Backward Look  Perhaps we can get a better perspective of what lies ahead by looking backward. At the turn of the last century, if someone had said that in 1959 it would be relatively simple to have breakfast in Paris, lunch in New York, and a round of golf in Miami all in the same day, we would have said that he was out of touch with reality. We probably would have called for the wagon and the

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