THE MEMBERS of the Section on Cardiology are particularly pleased with the opportunity presented by this symposium to share with you one of the major stated objectives of the Section "to promote understanding by pediatricians of established principles of diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in children." The participants in this symposium are all active members of the Section with the exception of a close friend and colleague representing cardiovascular surgery, Dr. John W. Kirklin.
In order to examine the present and explore the future, one needs to review, however briefly, the past. A survey of pediatric journals and past programs of the American Academy of Pediatrics attests to the longstanding interest of pediatricians in diseases of the heart and great vessels in children. One of my prize personal possessions is a reprint of an article written by Dr. Murray H. Bass entitled "Heart Block and Congenital Heart Disease in Childhood" published on February 2, 1918, in the J.A.M.A., 70: 287-288. In addition, Dr. Bass was a pioneer in the development of phonocardiography. This dated back to the early 1930's and was stimulated by what he hoped would be a method of differentiating organic from insignificant murmurs. And yet, he would hardly have considered himself a pediatric cardiologist. His many contributions to the literature encompassed almost every facet of clinical pediatrics.
Here in Chicago, Stanley Gibson and Hugh McCullough might better be termed pediatric cardiologists with extremely wide pediatric interests. The contributions of Maude Abbott, Dorothy Andersen, and our own Helen Taussig need no recapitulation to this audience.
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