To the Editor.—Can you please give space to allow me to recall the great kindness shown in the 1930s, and ever since, by Harry Bakwin and Ruth Bakwin to a number of then-young English doctors who went to Bellevue Hospital to study pediatrics in Charles Hendee Smith's department?
Harry was a pioneer in longitudinal studies of growth, in perceiving the deprivation suffered by infants and children in hospitals, the way professionals had undermined the confidence of mothers in rearing their children. But he loved teaching and brought to it his fertile mind and enjoyment of cut-and-thrust of argument that, via a stage of irritation, made us think clearly. He conveyed to young doctors that he liked being with them and listening to them. Donald Bateman has died, but Pamela Davies, Roger Cole, Donald Court, Douglas Gairdner, and I want to set out our gratitude to Harry Bakwin and to