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October 13, 1888


JAMA. 1888;XI(15):525-526. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400670021003

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At the recent annual meeting of the British Medical Association Dr. W. B. Cheadle, President of the Section of Diseases of Children, took as the subject of his address "The Present Position of the Study of Diseases of Children in Relation to Medical Education." This address is at once instructive and suggestive.

Dr. Cheadle doubts the wisdom or propriety of elevating diseases of children into a specialty —of separating them from the general study of medicine and surgery. Art is still too narrow, and human wit too broad to make such a specialty, Dr. Cheadle thinks; and but for the larger experience at the great general hospitals our knowledge of childrens' diseases would be much less. Doubtless there are very many that will not share this opinion. Still, the fact remains that in medical education the vast importance of the thorough study of disease as seen in children is but

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