Dr. Darrow, Dr. Gordon, and other members of the American Pediatric Society, I am sure that you appreciate the humility with which I accept the Howland Award. My indebtedness is very great to Dr. Howland, who aroused my initial interest in pediatrics in my student days and deepened it during my service as an intern on his staff at the Harriet Lane Hospital in Baltimore.
Now, with a retrospect of nearly forty years, I shall not dwell on the past but will, in my current role of a library researcher, present some evidence of what I hope you will regard as a look into the future.
What can we do to further the knowledge of the problems of premature birth? There are, of course, many pediatricians who are now involved in this area of research, as witness the ever-growing volume of reports in the medical literature. Yet, as I have