I HAVE been a private pediatric practitioner for 19 years. I spent a year in solo practice and the remainder in a pediatric partnership and group. I've received many battle scars. At times, I've been frustrated and disillusioned. But I still feel that private pediatric practice can and should have a glorious future. But I'm not for the status quo and changes are necessary.
For over ten years, dissatisfaction and disenchantment have simmered and boiled from the cauldron of pediatric practice.1-4 A strange new malady has appeared. It's name: "The Unhappy Pediatrician Syndrome."5 More victims crop up each year.Most of the earlier cases of this insidious but devastating disorder went unrecognized by the research-oriented, pediatric academic community. And when it was recognized, widely divergent opinions were expressed as to the extent and seriousness of the outbreak and what should be done about it.6-30Although