Pediatric surgeons tend to be proud—and sometimes even smug—about the breadth of their specialty. They consider it the true general surgery—their patients range from the micropremature to the morbidly obese, and their operations include abdominal, thoracic, genitourinary, and head/neck procedures. The challenge for a pediatric surgery textbook editor is to cover a broad range of topics, to provide enough detail on each subject to be of interest to seasoned practitioners, and to pack all of this information into a manageable textbook, preferably in a single volume.
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