For nearly five decades the American Pediatric Society has been a potent factor in the promotion of child health and in the dissemination of knowledge pertaining to child hygiene. It has contributed largely to the aggregate of pediatric knowledge, has stimulated research, has cooperated effectively in the elevation of the standards of medical education and of practice and has encouraged the organization of innumerable agencies dedicated to the betterment of child welfare. The society, however, has given scant consideration to the educational opportunities and responsibilities of the pediatrician in private practice as a family adviser for children.
Dr. Jacobi, in 1889, in the first presidential address delivered before this society, said:
Unless the education and training of the young is carried on according to the principles of a sound and scientific physical and mental hygiene, neither the aims of our political institutions will ever be reached nor the United States