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March 1961


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San Francisco

Am J Dis Child. 1961;101(3):405-406. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.04020040133020

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To the Editor:—The recent wailings of the pediatric Jeremiahs prompt me to offer these suggestions. The feelings of anxiety and fear apparent in the writings arise from loneliness. Pediatrics is so far ahead of the other specialties that a full-time pediatric professor is bewildered. He yearns for the sheltered cloister of the wards, with the old familiar diseases about him and the exchange of medical lingo with his confreres in the other specialties. Instead of seeking comfort, thus, in regression an aggressive approach should be tried. There are 2 ways in which the academic pediatrician might do this. One is to teach pediatrics, not only to medical students but to the rest of the faculty of the school. This might hasten the closure of the gap between his department and the others. The other way is for the academician to widen his own horizon by learning more about the

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