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Front. Pediatr. | doi: 10.3389/fped.2019.00305

Why Children’s Hospitals Are Unique and So Essential

  • 1Free University of Brussels, Belgium
  • 2Queen Fabiola Children's University Hospital, Belgium

Children’s hospitals were created in the 19th century, first in France and then in England. They were designed to provide optimal care to infants, children, and adolescents in a specific environment where parents were admitted and where the special needs of children were catered for. No other system currently offers so many advantages as the multidisciplinary teams with their pediatricians, surgeons, anesthesists, intensive care specialists, and all the allied health professionals who can add their knowledge to the quality of care. From the beginning, they played a major role in caring for socially disadvantaged children. They brought together more than 95% of tertiary care, including cancer care and organ transplantations. They represent the best blend for the study of pediatric medicine and physiology, for high-level preventive medicine, and for research in all fields of pediatrics. This probably explains why they have developed everywhere around the world.

Keywords: Children, Hospitals, Multidisciplinary team, prognosis, Teaching, Research

Received: 18 Apr 2019; Accepted: 09 Jul 2019.

Edited by:

Martin Chalumeau, Université Paris Descartes, France

Reviewed by:

Dominique Gendrel, Université Paris Descartes, France
Jochen Ehrich, Hannover Medical School, Germany  

Copyright: © 2019 Casimir. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Mx. Georges J. Casimir, Free University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium,