The global pediatrician: is there such a person, or can there be?


As pediatricians, our concern for the health of children and youth starts with our individual encounters with patients and their families and extends to the community in which they live and the broader systems of society that influence their health. This concept of a pediatrician is captured in one of the “bibles” of our profession and in the words of Richard Behrman when he defines pediatrics as being “concerned with the health of infants, children, and adolescents, their growth and development, and their opportunity to achieve full potential as adults.”1 Health, growth and development, and opportunity as adults encompass the breadth and importance of our interests and responsibilities

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