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November 1960

Pediatric Education at the Crossroads: Presidential Address

Author Affiliations

New York
The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, 525 E. 68th St. (21).

Am J Dis Child. 1960;100(5):651-656. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1960.04020040653002

The choice of a subject for the opening address to the Society is a traditional prerogative of its president and I have selected "Pediatric Education at the Crossroads" as timely and important.

I'd like to begin by telling you what is, unhappily, a true story. Recently I met with a former house officer of the mid 1940s. He was a sensible and well-balanced man, an excellent clinician with a warm love and understanding of children, and he had gone into practice with the highest hopes.

I now learned he had given up practice to resume full-time work. For over a decade, it emerged, the practice of pediatrics had somehow never lived up to his earlier expectations. He listed, among other negative aspects: long hours of routine work; continuous harassment by parents, including night telephone calls and daylight nagging, and, most important of all, a lack of intellectual excitement, challenge, and

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