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November 1959

The Society for Pediatric Research

Author Affiliations

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine; Director of Pediatrics, Boston City Hospital.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1959;98(5):545-552. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1959.02070020547001

If you will look back over the presidential addresses of this Society, you will note that by and large they have consisted of reviews of the speaker's own investigative work. Of late years there has been an emergence of philosophical papers in which the speaker has dwelt on certain aspects of research, teaching, and so forth. In casting about for a presidential address for the present meeting, I quickly became convinced that I would bore no one with a discussion of various aspects of liver disease or infants of diabetic mothers. Instead, it seemed appropriate to talk about ourselves, in view of the fact that 1959 marks the 30th birthday of the Society for Pediatric Research, its first meeting having been held on March 23, 1929. (This is our 29th meeting, one meeting having been omitted during the war.) Thus, this 30th birthday seems the proper time to review the

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