This booklet is a summary of the Ross Laboratories' Twenty-First Research Conference and is available to interested physicians without charge. A number of problems related to psychosocial factors are discussed extensively: To what extent should this subject be emphasized, when and how it should be introduced in student and resident training, and how it can be best implemented. These topics are made particularly interesting and provocative by the variety of professional background of the participants in the conference. Pediatricians, psychiatrists, and social workers describe their efforts to incorporate this material into the teaching of several medical schools and in varying types of pediatric practices.
The definition of the role of the pediatrician in practice is considered and revealed to be not too well delineated. Is the pediatrician the most logical person to be the family counsellor? Is he prepared to do so by virtue of his education and training in