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November 5, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(19):1082-1084. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450190006002b

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It has always been a puzzle to me to know just when the specialist on diseases of children gave up his case to the specialist on older people, and just when the specialist on older people gave up his patients to the specialist on old age. This suggests the existence of transition periods. There might well be study devoted to the period during which the child is passing from childhood to maturity. Of course, the child grows steadily from birth to manhood, but there is a period during the latter part of this time to which the name of adolescence is given, a period during which the youth is subject to particular departures from health.

During this period, when the active forces of early development have begun to wane and the solidification of maturity has not yet taken place, the organs are especially susceptible to damage from whatever causes may

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