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July 1951


AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;82(1):1-6. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040040008001

THE DELIVERY of a presidential address is an opportunity that is correctly regarded with respect. The speaker is completely free from the discussers who can harass the other and more important contributors to the program. Better still, it is a matter of common knowledge that no one has ever referred to any presidential address in any subsequent paper or article. With complete lack of responsibility, therefore, it is possible to discuss an almost insoluble problem.

I agree with all members of this society that pediatricians have validated their claim to the most attractive area of medicine. They take care of growing individuals who almost always become bigger and often wiser than they were when the pediatrician took over from the obstetrician. Under ordinary circumstances nature is on the side of the pediatrician, and like the obstetrician he reaps a rich reward because he is almost always dealing with a bull

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