To the Editor.—

I found Dr Brent's article in the July issue of Pediatrics (1992;90:50-57) informative and delightful. He said, "The chairman of today is more like a parent, satisfied with long-term rewards and muted faculty appreciation." This comment reminded me of my chief at Vanderbilt, the late Amos Christie who was such a parent to all of "his boys." He sat down with the interns and residents and listened in an unhurried manner. Not only when we were on the house staff, but during our visits back to Vanderbilt over the years.

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