February 5, 1927

Diseases of Children: A Short Introduction to Their Study.

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By Hector Charles Cameron, M.A., M.D., F.R.C.P., Physician and Physician-in-Charge of the Department for the Diseases of Children, Guy's Hospital. Cloth. Price, $1.75. Pp. 199. New York: Oxford University Press, 1926.

JAMA. 1927;88(6):428. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680320064039

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In this small volume the author does not attempt to present a miniature textbook, but stresses those features of a number of conditions of infancy which are sought to deserve special study. There are chapters on breast and bottle feeding, diseases of the new-born, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation. The chapter titled "Inherited Predisposition to Disease" is devoted to the discussion of the exudative and neuro-arthritic diatheses. The author suggests that the first named state be termed status catarrhalis since this term emphasizes the persistence of the catarrhal state and leaves open the question of causation. The chapter on conduct and management and their effect on health is especially well presented. The author points out that in children with the best of management, after a trivial infective disturbance, the loss of self-control may be striking. The problems of anorexia nervosa and enuresis are clearly stated. It is unfortunate that the author's

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