Not long ago, we were talking with one of our recently graduated pediatric residents, now in busy practice in a neighboring town. He was not entirely happy. He had not been entirely happy as our resident the year before. It had grieved him then, and it grieves him now, to see children receiving less than ideal care. One of the things that make him unhappy in practice is his observation that some other practitioners, pediatric as well as general, are so little up to date and so careless in thought and action. Sick children, in many instances, survive in spite of their care. From the tales he told, we were inclined to agree.
Yet he was hypertensive about the matter, and we were not. True, these lapses of good medicine are occurring in his community. But we know similar lapses in our own. They always occurred; no doubt always will.