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What is a Pediatrician and Who is Asking?

Authors: 
Stapleton FB
Year: 
2007
Journal: 
Journal of Pediatrics
Pub Med #: 
Abstract: 

The question “What is a pediatrician?” seems rather straightforward. A medical dictionary defines a pediatrician as “an expert in the field of pediatrics”.1 Pediatrics is defined as the “branch of medicine which treats of the child, its development and care, and of the diseases and their treatment”.1 For whom is this question important? Parents, patients, insurers, corporate self-insurers, state licensing boards, hospitals, professional societies, and accreditation boards all have an interest in the answer to this question.