As a general surgery resident on my research sabbatical in East Africa, I observed the high burden of surgical disease children suffered there, particularly in trauma and burn injuries. Although international aid was being directed to infectious diseases, few governmental or nongovernmental funding agencies seemed to be addressing the issue of trauma and burn injuries in the pediatric population.
I am responding to Dr. Horst D. Weinberg’s thoughtful and well-elucidated letter to Contemporary Pediatrics (“Pediatrics, then and now”; Contemp Pediatr. 31[2[:10-12).
An autopsy is educational as one physician might inform another as to the cause of death. The practicing physician, then educated, would be able to explain to family members the exact cause of the demise. Once understood, treatment of future cases might even be modified. In an obituary, we learn about the deceased, but can only mourn.
Far from being a problem “somewhere else,” child sexual exploitation is far more visible that you might think.
One pediatrician responds to the findings of our online poll "Has the ACA hit home yet?" (February 2014)
I have been an avid reader of Contemporary Pediatrics for years and have always found the articles timely and relevant to a practicing pediatrician like myself. There is one aspect of your publication that bothers me, however, and that is not consistent with your mission statement, which is, to present practical information to office-based pediatricians.
Pediatricians now in practice have my sympathy.
As part of our yearlong celebration of Contemporary Pediatrics’ 30th anniversary, we are delighted to unveil a brand-new look with this issue.
Contemporary Pediatrics' content managing editor looks at how pediatric practice has changed since her own childhood.