It is an honor to be given the privilege of presenting the Benjamin Knox Rachford Lectures. I am most appreciative of the honor as well as grateful for the opportunity of expressing a few of my thoughts concerning the child as a person in the process of becoming an adult. The reading of a number of Dr. Rachford's papers, with pleasure and profit, left no doubt in my mind that he, too, was vitally concerned with the importance of a person. I like to think that he would be in sympathy with my point of view, were he here tonight.
It seems like a very trite statement to say that, as physicians, we should always be concerned primarily with the child rather than the disease. Perhaps, however, each generation needs to reexamine this truism in the light of increased knowledge and understanding both of the nature of the human organism