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April 1986

Primary Care and Pediatrics-Reply

Author Affiliations

Michigan State University B240 Life Sciences Department of Human Development East Lansing, MI 48824

Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(4):323. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140180055008

In Reply.—I am delighted that the editorial on "Primary Care: Does It Belong in Pediatrics?"1 has generated such fine and scholarly responses by Drs Jones, Van Reken and Searle, Crain, Sturtz, and Chapman. I, too, would like to encourage our profession of pediatrics to define, "clearly the various levels of health care.... "In so doing, we should give consideration to how a pediatrician makes his/her living. Does this permit us to practice our specialty? Most of the categories defined by Van Reken and Searle under primary health or primary medical care would not require a specialist in pediatrics. The question then remains, what is the role of the pediatrician for the 1990s and beyond?

I urge our readers to continue this dialogue.

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