Thanks to two who were there at the beginning

December 1, 2007

Editor-in-chief Julia A. McMillan, MD pays tribute to two retiring board members.

Morris Green has provided guidance and thought-provoking insight as a member of the Editorial Board, and has guided pediatricians through our pages as an author of articles that represent the soul of our profession. His first two articles for Contemporary Pediatrics, "The Pediatric Interview: Getting the Patient to Talk," published in issue No. 2, and "When the Toddler is Out of Control," published in issue No. 3, are both essential "how to's" for pediatricians of any age or experience. And the articles kept coming. Contemporary Pediatrics has been the privileged vehicle for Morrie's wisdom. Dr. Green's articles convey respect for pediatric patients of all ages and their families, and they begin with the proposition that it is the pediatrician's responsibility to communicate effectively, helping children to achieve psychosocial as well as physical health. As a reminder of Morrie's admonitions to us all that thoughtful, respectful communication is the foundation of pediatric care, we are including his article "Tasks of the Times," published initially in the June 1996 issue, in the December issue's online edition. We've also included in the current issue "A champion for children" testimonials from some of Dr. Green's colleagues-all of whom emphasize the personal attention Dr. Green has given to patients, students, trainees, and colleagues. Fortunately, Morrie's name will not disappear from the masthead of Contemporary Pediatrics; he will simply move from Editorial Board to our list of very distinguished Consulting Editors.

Editor's Note: *In addition to Drs. Stockman and Green, the original Editorial Board included Michael Bailie, then Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut; Lewis Barness (who continues to work with us as a Consulting Editor), then Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida; Caroline Hall, at the University of Rochester (who is, fortunately, still a member of the Editorial Board); Kurt Hirschhorn, then Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Mt. Sinai; and Joseph St. Geme, Jr.; then Executive Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at UCLA-Torrance.