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October 17, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(16):603-604. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410940031006

A correspondent writes: "In one of your recent issues is found the announcement of the ' Third Annual Meeting of the American Pediatric Society.' Permit me to ask if it does not smack of affectation to give a name to a National Medical Association, which cannot be found either in Dunglison's Medical Dictionary, or that of Worcester or Webster, except, perhaps, in the most recent edition of the latter, which is in the possession of comparatively few persons. Will you kindly enlighten some even of your readers by giving definition of the word pediatric, and much oblige one of the latter,"

The word pædiatrics, or pediatrics, as it is more frequently spelled to-day, is from the Greek, [unk], [unk], a boy, or child, and means diseases of children, or rather, the biology of childhood. Even the last edition of Webster does not give this word, which is the more surprising, as