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The passing of the old-time family physician and the threatened usurpation of his position by the specialist, of which frequent plaint was wont to be made some years ago, no longer occupies even the occasional attention of the lay press. Happily throughout the larger part of our country the old relation of the physician to the family is still maintained, though less stress is laid than formerly on the value of a personal knowledge of the temperament and maladies of a child's forbears, since modern thoroughness in history-taking furnishes the essential data.
To-day the well-equipped practitioner of medicine is in truth a many-sided specialist. The temporary eclipse which he may have suffered through the growth of the specialties has left him more than debtor to those who blazed the way through untried paths so clearly that a competent knowledge of the
THOMAS S. SOUTHWORTH. THE FIELD FOE PROPHYLAXIS AMONG CHILDRENCHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS BEFORE THE SECTION ON DISEASES OF CHILDREN AT THE SIXTIETH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, 1909. JAMA. 1909;LIII(1):1–3. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550010007001