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April 1928


Am J Dis Child. 1928;35(4):748. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1928.01920220193019

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The autobiography of Otto Heubner is of unusual interest to the pediatrician because it tells the transition period of German pediatrics, when it developed from a much neglected specialty to a full fledged university department on a par with medicine, surgery and obstetrics.

Trained in pathology and internal medicine, Professor Heubner came in the field of pediatrics splendidly equipped, and his thorough clinical work is a monument to this training. His personal experiences as a defender of the use of diphtheria antitoxin are of interest and the added difficulties in its introduction following the death of Professor Langerhans' son. The book is well worth the reading by all interested in the historical development of German pediatrics.

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