Advances in Pediatrics

Waldo E. Nelson, MD (1898–1997) Giant of Pediatrics

      How to describe a man who was mentor to many, editor supreme, taskmaster, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and overall a powerful influence on pediatric education and clinical care in the world? One could simply recite his biography and accomplishments but that would simply be the facts; underlying them is a force in pediatrics felt even today by his disciples throughout the world and continual publication of his seminal text and the journal he devoted his expertise to for many years. Perhaps the best way to start is to discuss this influence and force and then give the so-called backstory of his personal and professional life.
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      Further Readings

        • DiGeorge A.M.
        Presentation of the Howland Award to Waldo E. Nelson.
        Pediatr Res. 1972; 6: 843-847
        • DiGeorge A.M.
        Reflections on Waldo E. Nelson M.D. (1898–1997) Temple University Medical Alumni.
        Newsletter. 1999; : 11-12
        • Garfunkel J.
        In Memoriam, Waldo E. Nelson, 1898–1997.
        J Pediatr. 1997; 130: 849
        • Gerhardt W.
        Octogenarian visits “Home”, Bulletin Alumni Association College of Medicine.
        University of Cincinnati, Cincinnatti (OH)1987
        • Historical Archives Advisory Committee
        Committee report: American pediatrics: milestones at the millennium.
        Pediatrics. 2001; 107: 1482-1491
        • Nelson MD Waldo E.
        Main line life.
        Penn, Ardmore (PA)1997
      1. (Obituary)
        • Nelson Waldo
        Author of Pediatric Text, New York Times, March 9, 1997. Waldo Nelson, ‘father of pediatrics’, dead at 98.
        (Available at:) (Accessed March 9, 1997)