Tuesday, October 07, 2014

An expanded view of a pediatrican's role

Budd Shenkin, looking at some of the recent NFL news, offers an interesting perspective on the role of pediatricians.  I had never considered this aspect of the profession and offer it for your consideration.

He starts:

So much starts at the beginning. As a pediatrician I'm used to looking at the long curve of life, and trying to help people adjust that curve for their kids at the beginning. We promote physical health – exercise! – and we prevent physical disease – immunize! But beyond the body, we try to promote and prevent with behaviors as well as physical health.

We try to direct our parents and their kids to positive interactions, to positive child rearing, to verbal self defense and explanation.

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