February 26, 1927

Surgery of Childhood.

Author Affiliations

By John Fraser, M.C., M.D., Ch.M., Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery in the University of Edinburgh. Two volumes. Cloth. Price, $14 per set. Pp. 1152, with 598 illustrations. New York: William Wood and Company, 1926.

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

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


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,

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview