UP TO THE present, the International Pediatric Association has functioned as an organization to hold a congress every three years with the following aim: "The bringing together of the doctors in all countries who are concerned with the diseases of children." This is a rather narrow view to take of pediatrics at present in that it leaves entirely out of account the whole field of preventive pediatrics, the prevention of physical disease and, in its even broader aspects, the prevention of the mental, emotional and social disturbances of childhood. It would seem that the International Pediatric Association should widen its horizon and state categorically that, in the future, its purposes shall be (1) to aid in every way possible in the prevention and cure of the physical, mental and emotional disorders of children and (2) to promote world peace by helping, through adequate child care, to raise up a generation
HELMHOLZ HF. A PLAN FOR THE PERMANENT ORGANIZATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATION. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;81(2):215–217. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040030224004
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