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December 1994

What's a Smile Worth?

Author Affiliations

Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron, Ohio 1935 Second St Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221-3895

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994;148(12):1356. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1994.02170120118030

Congratulations on the new Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. I like the layout and the format, but it seems you have so many articles of rare and esoteric problems that you are forgetting us old-time frontline family pediatricians. Please keep a section on the more common problems we see each day in general pediatrics.

As I read the contribution by Andrews1 in the March issue of the Archives, I was struck by the name Warren Wheeler, MD. I was one of three residents at Columbus (Ohio) Children's Hospital in 1944, when he came there as the hospital's first full-time pediatrician. We three residents learned a lot from him.

For instance, Wheeler said that when you could get a smile from an infant or a child with meningitis, he or she would always recover. Back then, many did die of the disease, so when a patient with meningitis smiled