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Paediatric emergency medicine
  1. Cynthia Johnson Mollen1,2,
  2. Nick Brown3,4
  1. 1Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  2. 2The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  3. 3Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH), Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  4. 4Department of Paediatrics, Länssjukhuset Gävle-Sandviken, Gävle, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nick Brown, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH), Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; nickjwbrown{at}gmail.com

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For centuries, children with acute, unexpected illnesses, medical and surgical, traumatic and non-traumatic, accidental and non-accidental, have …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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