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Pediatric Biographies
November 1932


Am J Dis Child. 1932;44(5):1074-1076. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950120156014

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The quest for pediatric poems leads one to Jacobius Trunconius, who, if he did not write a poem, served at least as an inspiration for one containing a clever list of the diseases of early life. This was written by some anonymous friend and appears in Trunconius' book on children which, together with a work on plague, is about all the record that Trunconius left, despite the assertion that glory shall shine on him forever and ever, unchecked by bounds of earth or sky or sea.

Trunconius lived in the latter half of the sixteenth century and practiced medicine in Florence. He is described on the title pages of his books as a philosopher and physician. That he was interested in pediatrics is evidenced by the fact that he wrote "de custodienda puerorum sanitate, ante partum, in partu et post partum." This was a collection of material which he admits

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