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Research in the Practice of a Pediatrician

Am J Dis Child. 1961;101(4):413-422. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.04020050003003.
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In this dissertation by an old—or let us say, older—pediatrician, I wish to elaborate on the hypothesis that research in practice is a partial solution to the problem of the ills of pediatrics. And since my years permit it, I should like to give advice to younger men seeking the "New Pediatrics."

Today it is a common complaint among these young pediatricians (and many older ones) that they are less than happy in the pursuit of their profession. The hours are long; payment, in contrast to other fields of medicine, not particularly rewarding; and that, most of all, they are bored. Perhaps boredom could be better replaced by the word "fed-up." Certainly one would be a magnificent hypocrite if at times he did not admit to being "fed-up" by the day-to-day pressures of practice, having to see too many people in too short a time, having to mollify overwrought mothers,


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