WE ARE gathered together to do honor and homage to a great medical leader. Abraham Jacobi1 achieved a rise to fame in spite of overwhelming obstacles. During youthful years in Germany he was imprisoned in chains for expressing an ardent conviction that militarism and autocracy are evil. While still a young physician aged 23 years, he contrived to escape from a persecuting Vaterland. For a short time only he stayed in England and then, inspired by legends of liberty in America, he migrated first to Boston (1853) and later to New York. Fortunate indeed was die Vereinigte Staaten. During ensuing years Jacobi became known as the founder of the specialty of diseases of children. He was an instigator and also the first (1889) and 18th (1906) president of the now prestigious American Pediatric Society. Small wonder that at an important birthday dinner he should be introduced by Nathan Strauss
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