This is the second installment of our #THROWBACKTHURSDAY series. Every Thursday we will take a trip down memory lane and visit the history of Urgent Care for Kids, healthcare, and other fun things! Hop in our time machine and let’s go!
Today, we’re going to explore the history of Pediatrics as a branch of medicine. While it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when treating children became a focus of medicine, we can definitely see throughout history how technology has made leaps and bounds to help kid-centered care become what it is today.
Daniel Waterhouse, age 5, became the first person in America to be vaccinated. His father, Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse, developed the smallpox vaccine, paving the way for vaccines in modern medicine.
New York Nursing & Child Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia were founded. These were the first hospitals specifically designed for children in the United States.
The first incubator station for premature infants was established by Dr. Joseph B. DeLee in Chicago, Illinois.
The American Academy of Pediatrics was founded.
Specialty clinics for tuberculosis, cardiology, psychiatry, and endocrinology were established at Johns Hopkins by Dr. Edwards A. Park. This gave way to the modern practice of separate pediatric and specialty clinics.
The first Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the United States opened in New Haven, Connecticut. After seeing dramatic improvements from these patients, NICU’s became more widespread.
Hope you have enjoyed this journey to the past! Join us next week for more of #ThrowbackThursday!
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