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HOSPITAL FACILITIES FOR CHILDREN-Reply

HELEN S. THORPE, MD
Am J Dis Child. 1970;119(5):458. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100050459016.
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To the Editor.—Dr. Work reflects on the well-known reluctance of pediatricians to incorporate psychological principles into effective practice. This was confirmed by my assay of one community by personal interviews of its 52 pediatricians.1

The consultation process I describe in the current article, "Hospital Facilities for Children,"2 not only identifies problems but also offers a realistic method to revitalize existing pediatric services in hospitals of all sizes. In the process of such an assessment, recommendations can be made to keep this total approach dynamic and active. It can then become part of the ongoing practice of pediatrics and allied professional services. This can involve demonstrations and innovative ideas in one or more areas of prehospital, in-hospital, or posthospital services.

New approaches are available. Professionals must write about them, and creative editors publish them. Thus the total, as well as subspecialty, advances are disseminated nationally.

Although some pediatricians are not

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