In Reply.—We appreciate Dr Curtis' thoughtful letter, especially its information on home visiting in Great Britain. The emphasis of our article, however, was not on the "pastoral role" served by home visits, but on the unique contribution home visits can make in offering vital insights unobtainable in the physician's office or clinic. We hope Dr Curtis and others will undertake controlled studies on the long-term value of home visits. In the meantime, we can only share our enthusiastic belief—along with that of our residents and the families they visit—that home visits are a gratifying and valuable aspect of pediatric care.
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