The word is out: we like our work with children and families. We really like it.

Tanner, Stein, and their American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) colleagues have let the cat out of the bag. Focus groups of primary care practitioners from around the country came together to discuss what we do, how we do it, and how we would like to do it better. They found practitioners who were committed to promoting health and preventing disease and were passionate about their anticipatory guidance and its impact on families. They noted how important we find our individual relationships with families and our passion for individualized care.

This confirms our belief in preventive care. The history of our profession is in the care of the sick. The history of our specialty is in disease management for children, notably infectious diseases, malnutrition, and developmental disability. Now Haggerty's “new morbidities” are a...

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