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March 1974

Verse—and Verse

Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(3):447. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110220145029

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The Bard of Saint Louis: Park Jerauld White embodies the very spirit of pediatrics: the kindly, wise, perceptive doctor (he practiced "solo" for more than 30 years); the teacher of students; the humanitarian concern for the welfare of mankind (his battle for clean milk in the 1920s was a natural prologue to his advocacy of a clean environment in the 1950s and 60s).

Among his many talents is a gift for words. I recall the eagerness with which he used to (and doubtless still does) spring to his feet to discuss cases presented at Friday morning Grand Rounds at St. Louis Children's Hospital, to offer a bit of insight, a bit of wisdom, and frequently a bit of humor. On one occasion a solemn surgeon had told of his chagrin at having operated on a constipated child only to be confronted by the mother's complaint that the child now had

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