Half a century after its inception, the American Pediatric Society faces today a world of ever increasing complexity. Science and skills, even social thinking, move rapidly into new areas. Daily new intricacies are found in the national economy and in world affairs. There are new machines, new habits, new relationships and new perplexities. Yet in what seems incessant change—sometimes at startling tempo—our society, I believe, has matched the vigor and the scope of progress. We have extended our function from the bedside to the hospital, through the laboratory and on into the broad field of child welfare. These have been great changes. We shall see more, many more, and greater changes.
That the society will maintain its validity, its integrity and its growth through the next fifty years none need doubt. For fifty years we have followed strong, devoted and inspired leadership. It is my purpose in this address to
BLACKFAN KD. PAST PRESIDENTS OF THE AMERICAN PEDIATRIC SOCIETY 1888-1938: PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS. Am J Dis Child. 1938;56(1):1–13. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1938.01980130010001
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