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April 1961

Research in Clinical Pediatrics

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, University of California Medical Center (22).

Am J Dis Child. 1961;101(4):429-433. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.04020050019005

After a day in sober scientific endeavor by this Society, I believe that I have been given a difficult assignment by President Kempe to address you at this hour. He said that I might be dull or funny, scientific or practical, dirty or clean and proposed various other alternatives. I suggested, "How about simply inarticulate?" I am reminded of the "Treasurer's Report" presented by Robert Benchley in one of the productions of the Ziegfield Follies—so dull, so detailed, that only its deadly dullness became excruciatingly humorous. I am no Benchley and I shall not attempt this. We agreed that I should be brief; if the converse of long-windedness is shortness of breath, the use of S.O.B. as a term of affection is easily understood.

The suggestion that I might speak on the subject of research in clinical pediatrics depends on the fact that I have more or less worked both

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