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November 1990


Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(11):1188. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150350018015

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During what is now a rather long and highly satisfying career in pediatrics, I have, from time to time, been caught up in the controversies of the time. It is interesting to look back and see which times my initial judgment was correct, which times it was incorrect, or which times I played some other role. In all instances I believe it is correct to be skeptical; as to "right" or "wrong" I refer here to an expressed prejudgment bias. Although I can identify about a dozen issues, I shall cite only three here. One in which I was wrong and have become an advocate for the other view, one in which I was right but have been generally outvoted, and one in which I acted as a mediator. I put these forth now because I perceive some remaining loose ends to be tied by some of our readers, and as a teacher, I cannot resist an open podium.

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