It has been 100 years since Dr. Abraham Jacobi received the first appointment in America as Professor of Diseases of Children. Even so, it was awhile before departments of pediatrics themselves were firmly established in medical schools. It was still longer before pediatrics became a compulsory part of the nursing school curriculum, and the graduate study of pediatric nursing did not appear before 1940. By this time there had been enough research in child psychiatry to draw attention to the specific emotional needs of children (and parents) at times when they are sick or handicapped. It has been only in the last 25 years that even lip-service was paid to a recognition by children's hospitals that the child himself and his anxieties are as important as his disease.
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