Tradition in medicine has enabled each of us to become part of the ongoing fabric of our discipline. We have manifested tradition in a variety of ways. This special issue of the AJDC honors an individual, C. Henry Kempe, MD, and the qualities he has espoused and displayed that have contributed substantially to the particular fabric of our discipline, pediatrics. By honoring Dr Kempe, we hold his qualities up for review by present and future generations as a model of excellence, integrity, and personal example, by which we can measure our progress and fashion our activities.
I first met Henry Kempe in 1961, and, soon thereafter, became his first fellow in infectious diseases and virology. In succeeding years, his relationship to me changed from that of mentor to that of colleague. He not only fostered this maturing of our relationship, he insisted on it. And therein lies the main theme