I first came to The New York Hospital -Cornell Medical Center in 1954 after completing medical school at Harvard and completing a rotating internship at the University of California. My first assignment to the Acute Ward of Pediatrics was in the fall of 1954- My attending physician was Dr Levine.
Through my 4 years on the house staff of The New York Hospital, I had the chance to get to know many of the outstanding pediatricians. No one came even close to Or Milton I. Levine. He loved medicine, was a superb clinician, was loved by his patients, and, in addition to his love of "emotional factors" in disease, was in charge of the Pediatrie Pulmonary Clinic. When I finished my pediatrie house staff training at The New York Hospital in 1958, Dr Levine invited me to join him, which, after serving as Director of the Premature Institute at The New York Hospital, I did in 1969. During this time, Dr Milton Levine continued to grow. He was promoted to Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Cornell School of Medicine and continued to be in charge of the Pediatrie Pulmonary Clinic. He helped train the house staff; one of his former pupils is now Chairman of Pediatrics at The New York Hospital.
Dr Levine 's private patients loved him and contributed a great deal of money to the Pediatrics Department of The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center so that the new wing of the Pediatrie Ward, named in Dr Levine 's honor, could be built in 1986. Not only is Dr Levine a superb clinician, he is also a terrific writer. He authored A Baby is Born, The Wonder of Life, Tommy Visits the Doctor, Your Overweight Child, Pulmonary Diseases and Anomalies of Infancy and Childhood, and, with his wife Jean, The Parents' Encyclopedia. He also wrote articles about child health published in newspapers across the country. Dr Levine hosted a weekly radio show in New York City in 1961 and was a daily radio commentator on child care for the CBS national network from 1968 to 1970.
In October 1972, Dr Levine started Pediatrie Annals. The journal is published monthly and has a different guest editor each month, but "A Pediatrician's View" by Milton I. Levine, MD, is in every issue. He has been its Editor- in-Chief since the beginning.
Dr Levine, the Editorial Board of Pediatrie Annals thanks you, wishes you good luck, and hopes you enjoy your well-deserved retirement. We hope that you will always guide us and be available to provide advice.