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December 1986


Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(12):1225. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140260027018

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According to Homer, Odysseus wandered for ten years after the fall of Troy. On the occasion of my 20th anniversary as a pediatric hematologist-oncologist, join me in a reflective odyssey. The subspecialty has proliferated and differentiated amazingly during this period of explosive scientific discovery and, without question, is "where the action is" today and will be in the extended future.

Twenty years ago hematology and oncology were separated by much more than a hyphen. During my fellowship, the hematology and oncology services were totally separate. We devoted ourselves to hematologic clinical and laboratory pursuits.

In those halcyon days, the red blood cell captured many young imaginations. Readily accessible and eager to surrender secrets, the glamorous erythrocyte was subjected to intense investigation. New laboratory techniques and genetic probes uncovered specific metabolic lesions and enzyme deficiencies, and structural and synthetic defects of the hemoglobin molecule were

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