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January 1961

Abraham Jacobi; Off-the-Cuff Medical Journalism, and Volume 101

Am J Dis Child. 1961;101(1):1-2. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.04020020003001

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Here begins Volume 101 of the American Journal of Diseases of Children. Fifty years of reporting pediatric progress lie behind us. We have grown to a maturity which we hope would have pleased grandfather Abraham Jacobi. We mention Jacobi because in looking up Volume 1 to see what our journal was like in those days, we find that he was chosen to write the introductory remarks that launched this journal. In his introduction Dr. Jacobi poignantly contrasted the first systematic instruction in "pedology," "The Science of the Child Age," with subsequent imitations that restricted themselves to "pediatrics," "the treating of children or the diseases of children." His point is equally applicable today, as is his justification of the need for a comprehensive specialty which focuses on children. "What all of us have learned is to look on pediatrics not as a specialty such as ophthalmology or otology which concerns single

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