A few years ago, Baltimore pediatrician Daniel Levy, M.D., FAAP, was vacationing at scenic Lake George in upstate New York when he stumbled on an old monument that transported him back to the origins of pediatrics.

While walking his dog, Dr. Levy did a double take: A plaque in a large rock featured an inscribed tribute to Abraham Jacobi (1830-1919), “father of pediatrics.” Dr. Jacobi was a summer resident of Bolton Landing, a hamlet on Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains. The plaque reads, in part:

The plaque is situated in what is known as Abraham Jacobi — Carl Schurz Memorial Park, named for the physician and his lifelong friend and neighbor. Schurz was secretary of the interior under President Rutherford B. Hayes.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Levy, M.D., FAAP

Dr. Jacobi was a pioneer in pediatrics on many levels.

The first president of the American Pediatric Society (1888), the...

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