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Thursday, February 22, 2007
Pediatricians running out of things to do?
"Flea," a Boston-area pediatrician who writes drfleablog, suggests that pediatricians might running out of things to do -- given a report based on U.S. vital statistics in Pediatrics that says fewer children are dying from disease, while deaths from unintentional injuries, homicide and suicide are rising.
"Flea," by the way, is what surgeons called pediatricians when he was training.
"Fleas are no longer needed to prevent deaths in children," he writes. "That is, unless you believe that pediatricians are uniquely positioned in society to prevent accidents, murders, and suicides. Even if we were to stipulate that this proposition is true, you would have to agree that Pediatrics is a completely different specialty from the one originally conceived in the 1920's."