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Technological Use and the Future of Pediatrics

CHARLES G. ERICKSON, MD
Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(5):439-440. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140070013006.
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Sir.—In response to your request for commentaries on the state of pediatrics, I wanted to relate some of my thoughts on the future of pediatrics. Many of the specialties of medicine have made rather miraculous advances through the use of technology. This is obvious when we think of open heart surgery, fiberoptic endoscopy, endocrinology, and the like. However, most of these advances are not in the province of the general pediatrician but only available for the subspecialist. Well-child care and management of common problems of pediatrics have not changed markedly; the most complex instrument the general pediatrician has available is the otoscope (a slight exaggeration). In view of this, I would like to make a plea for technological research that can be utilized to benefit the primary care pediatrician. In order for this to occur, I believe that the technology developed has to be relatively easy to use and

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