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November 3, 1993

No Bells! No Whistles! A Cognocardiologist!

JAMA. 1993;270(17):2053. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510170043022

To the Editor.  —Eureka! At last I have a well-defined specialty—pediatric cognocardiology.Thanks to the incisive comments of Falk,1 I have finally learned that I do have a locus in the starry heavens of pediatric cardiology. For over 30 years I have labored away in the pediatric cardiac clinic of a city hospital treating individuals one does not usually encounter at cocktail parties, and making do with equipment that the university medical center would not be caught dead with even in storage, let alone actually use on living clients. During these three decades, I have had to survive in the academic life using old-fashioned concepts like history and physical examination to arrive at a diagnosis. Now, I see an opportunity to be, finally, a real member of the academic community.In the past, when asked in what areas of pediatric cardiology I excelled, I have had to admit, sheepishly,