Paediatrics: The etymology of a name

Pearn, John (2011) Paediatrics: The etymology of a name. Archives of Disease In Childhood, 96 8: 759-763. doi:10.1136/adc.2011.215236

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Author Pearn, John
Title Paediatrics: The etymology of a name
Journal name Archives of Disease In Childhood   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0003-9888
Publication date 2011-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1136/adc.2011.215236
Volume 96
Issue 8
Start page 759
End page 763
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, England, U.K.
Publisher B M J Group
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Within the history of paediatrics is the history of the name used to describe it. The etymology of the word 'paediatrics' dates from its first written use, recorded as 'pädiatrik' in the German literature and as 'paediatric', later 'pediatric' in the USA, both first in 1850. Professor Robley Dunglison (1788-1869), the British and American medical lexicographer, first defined 'paediatria' as 'the treatment of the diseases of children' in 1855. 'Pediatric medicine' was promoted as a specialty in the USA in 1880. The oldest monumental inscription defining the specialty of 'paediatrics' in the UK is to be found on a plaque added (in 1950) to the memorial to Dr George Armstrong (1719-1789), a founder of the specialty of paediatrics, in Castleton Cemetery, Scottish Borders, Roxburghshire. 'Paediatrics' and 'child health', with subtle semantic distinctions, had become well established in the English-speaking world by the middle of the 20th century. This paper presents an interpretative chronology of the etymology of the descriptors of the specialty that enjoins all who care for children.
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