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The MGHfC Alumni Association from hence forth to be referred to as “The Talbot Society of MassGeneral Hospital for Children.”
This is in honor of Fritz Bradley Talbot, MD, who founded the Children’s Medical Service at Mass General in 1910, almost a hundred years after the first child was hospitalized at Mass General. Dr. Talbot was a visionary who persevered through war and the Great Depression to develop a complete pediatric medical department to serve the children of Boston at Mass General. Talbot’s innovations were many, including a “Play Lady” —the earliest form of a Child Life Specialist—as well as the appointment of Mary Wright as house pupil, the first woman appointed to any service at Mass General. He was a pioneer in describing the underlying causes and consequences of “failure to thrive” in infancy and early childhood, quantifying the energy requirements of growing children (BMR) by measuring the expired carbon dioxide (measurements/reference standards that are quite close to those in use today), the importance of vitamin D in childhood nutrition, the concept of food allergy and many other highly novel and significant advances during that time that we take for granted today in the everyday practice of pediatrics. Of note, Fritz Talbot’s son, Dr. Nathan Talbot, also served as chair of the department from 1962-1977, furthering the legend of the Talbot name.
The Alumni Association hopes that naming the Association in honor of Dr. Talbot will inspire a new era of membership, camaraderie, philanthropy and education. Our mission remains the same and can be found below.
The mission of the Talbot Society of MassGeneral Hospital for Children is to:
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