For 6 years, my office was located next to our
clinic treatment rooms. Almost every day from my position on that
hallway, I listened to the high-pitched descant song of the nebulizer
performing the ballad of asthma treatment. The song is a familiar one
to those working in emergency departments, pediatric wards, and ICUs,
and it resonates through all my memories of caring for children with
asthma. In coming years, however, it is a song we will hear less often.
And quite possibly, it is a melody our academic grandchildren will not
know at all.