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October 1957

Presidential Address—American Pediatric Society

Author Affiliations

Mission, Kan.
Mercy Childrens Hospital; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Kansas.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1957;94(4):359-366. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1957.04030050001001

Because the majority of the members of the American Pediatric Society are engaged in educating doctors, a president need not apologize for talking on this much-discussed subject. Our faith and practice in education should be repeatedly examined in relation to the changes in society and medical knowledge. My remarks are intended to bring before the Society certain points of view which, I believe, concern our educational activities.

Starting about 75 years ago, an essentially new emphasis in higher education emerged in the United States. The earliest settlers in all parts of the country were concerned with the preservation and transmission of knowledge lest the new society lapse into incoherent barbarism. On the whole, institutions were established that were capable of this function, but little was done to create an atmosphere which facilitated the development of new knowledge by men trained for this purpose. One needs only recall the isolation of

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