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February 26, 1927

Surgery of Childhood.

JAMA. 1927;88(9):670-671. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680350054037

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To devote more than 1,100 pages to a discussion of the surgery of childhood would seem to be rather a wearisome and wearying task; for, surely, there cannot be so much difference between the surgery of the adult and the surgery of the child as to warrant the production of a two volume textbook on the latter subject. However, the author evidently believes that to practice surgery on children a special and particular preparation and knowledge are requisite. In the first paragraph he creates the pediatric surgeon and sets forth his qualifications, which are that the surgeon who hopes to deal successfully with children must possess an insight into the psychology of the individual child, in addition to his special knowledge of pediatrics and his capacity to observe and discriminate. Every subject is discussed from the standpoint of the natural reaction of the child's organism to injury of any sort,

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