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November 1976

The Emotional Impact of Chronic Disease: The Pediatrician's Responsibilities

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Tennessee, and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Memphis.

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(11):1199-1203. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120120033004

I am deeply honored in having been selected as the recipient of the Abraham Jacobi Award for 1975. In view of the great pediatric pioneer for whom this award is named, and the list of distinguished pediatricians who have preceded me in being accorded this honor, I feel humble on this occasion.

The recipient of the award is permitted to choose his own subject and to discuss it in the way he deems most appropriate. Indeed, from the awardee's standpoint, this is one of the nice features of the occasion—to have a captive audience and the opportunity to harp on a favorite theme!

During my professional years I have always maintained a lively interest in pediatric psychiatry, especially from the practical viewpoint of what the physician can do to prevent or minimize emotional tensions in the child and his family, and if present, to relieve them.

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