In 1880 Abraham Jacobi founded the Section on Pediatrics of the American Medical Association. Jacobi was one of the founders and the first president of the American Pediatric Society in 1887 and the eighth as well. I am honored to be the current president of the Society.
Abraham Jacobi was born in Germany in 1830, and at 18 years of age entered medical school and graduated three years later. I should add that he was in and out of prison during his medical education, and on graduation he promptly spent two and one-half years in four different jails for "high treason," first in Berlin, then in Cologne, Bielefeld, and finally in Minden. You might say that he had a unique type of rotating internship. You will remember that 1848 was the year of great student, worker, and peasant rebellions throughout western Europe and marked the beginning of a democratic revolution