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June 29, 1940

Précis de médecine des enfants

JAMA. 1940;114(26):2591. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810260077033

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As the title suggests, the work is a summary of clinical pediatrics. It consists of brief clinical descriptions, often illustrated, of almost every condition met by the pediatrician. Little space is given to therapy or to newer scientific developments. Little emphasis is laid on subjects such as the vitamins and deficiency diseases, and the references are infrequent and out of date. For instance, in the discussion of rickets the insignificant emphasis laid on vitamin D is in contrast to the hysterical over-emphasis placed on it by our American commercial propaganda. The author gives half a page to deficiencies of amino acids and another half page to the minerals. The book is unlike American textbooks or even our clinical publications. The clinical descriptions are often so much briefer than ours that it is hard to consider them as being an aid to the student. On the other hand the lack of

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