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December 13, 1941

Abdominal Surgery of Infancy and Childhood

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By William E. Ladd, M.D., F.A.C.S., William E. Ladd Professor of Child Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Boston, and Robert E. Gross, M.D., Associate in Surgery, the Harvard Medical School. Cloth. Price, $10. Pp. 455, with 268 illustrations. Philadelphia & London: W. B. Saunders Company, 1941.

JAMA. 1941;117(24):2110. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820500092047

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Without doubt this is a predestined classic in its field. Abdominal surgery of children has long been regarded as difficult but, in spite of remarkable results, has been retarded by an excessive operative mortality. So much satisfaction can be attained by various surgical procedures that special attention to improve operative mortality is more than warranted. In this endeavor the senior author has long been regarded as a leader. An excellent chapter on congenital pyloric stenosis is first in the book. The various infantile and congenital disorders of the alimentary tract and its auxiliaries follow. The volume concludes with a fairly complete discussion of diseases of the male and female urogenital tracts. However, malformations associated with hypospadias are not included. Many fine photographs and drawings are included which represent chiefly the experiences of the authors and the technics they use. Statistical data and frank statements concerning the actual risk and value

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