Abraham Jacobi is generally recognized as the father of pediatrics in the United States. He was born in Germany and graduated from the University of Bonn in 1851 at a time of political turmoil. He was jailed for 2 years for high treason as a result of his activities as a member of a democratic revolutionary group. He was advised to leave the country to escape additional prosecution. After a brief, unsuccessful attempt to set up a practice in England, he made his way to the United States in 1853 during a period when immigrants from Europe were being welcomed with open arms. He established a practice in the Bowery in New York City, which, at the time, housed a quarter of a million German immigrants and hundreds of thousands of others seeking opportunities in the land of the free. His practice grew by leaps and bounds, and he began...

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