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History of the American Pediatric Society.

Walter C. Alvarez, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(3):290. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290150104028.
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Here is a beautiful, well-written book. It could be a model for histories of all special societies. Doctors Faber and McIntosh have done a wonderful job—going back through the records of the American Pediatric Society and building a splendid picture of how the specialty of pediatrics grew. The book gives pen-portraits of the great men in pediatrics, and it gives ideas of how medicine in general grew through the years. It might be well if a little time could be found in our doctors' busy days to read in a book like this about the many practices which suddenly were adopted and later, after becoming popular and widely used, were forgotten. Probably they were finally recognized by most men as useless.

On page 22, for instance, we see that Victor C. Vaughan of Ann Arbor "presented one of his early papers on the toxic split-products of intestinal bacteria, using three


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