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Books, Journals, New Media
February 17, 1999

Pediatric SurgeryPediatric Surgery

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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vols 1 & 2, edited by James A. O'Neill, Jr, Marc I. Rowe, Jay L. Grosfeld, Eric W. Fonkalsrud, and Arnold G. Coran, 5th ed, 1981 pp, with illus, $295, ISBN 0-8151-6518-8, St Louis, Mo, Mosby, 1998.

JAMA. 1999;281(7):667-668. doi:10.1001/jama.281.7.667

Through the foresight of Drs Benson, Mustard, Ravitch, Snyder, and Welch, the first edition of Pediatric Surgery, published in 1962, was hugely instrumental in defining pediatric surgery as a unique specialty. Likewise, the recent fifth edition contains material otherwise unavailable in such detail in a single publication. The five current editors are preeminent authorities, and the authors of each chapter are uniformly expert in their areas.

This fifth edition has been a long time coming, arguably even overdue, considering that the 12-year interval since the fourth edition constitutes the longest hiatus yet. The editors' explanation that "this edition was deliberately delayed until now so that it would truly represent new and up-to-date material" is puzzling. How does delaying publication allow the presentation of newer and more up-to-date material?

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