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October 22, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(17):947-951. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450170001001

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The honor which you have done me in electing me your chairman brings with it the duty of opening the session with an address. I have chosen as my subject one of great importance to us, one in which I have felt great interest and to which I have given considerable thought during a number of years, and I dwell on it now hoping to awaken in you, if need be, an equal interest in the matter, and that together we may aid in advancing the position of the branch of medical science which we represent today. The subject to which I refer treats of the rise of pediatrics as a specialty, its present position as compared with its past and its needs for future growth. I can give you but an incomplete sketch, lacking in very many of the most important details.

One is often surprised that our medical

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