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June 16, 1928

The Abdominal Surgery of Children.

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By L. E. Barrington-Ward, Ch.M., F.R.C.S., Surgeon, Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street. Cloth. Price, $4.50. Pp. 283, with illustrations. New York: Oxford University Press, 1928.

JAMA. 1928;90(24):1973. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690510057040

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Surgery in children is vastly different from that in adults. Though an adult may safely be treated as a child, the converse is not true. With this concept in view, the author has written an excellent little book, for those who deal with the surgical problems of infancy and childhood only occasionally, as well as for those who confront them daily. Essentially the book consists of complete monographic discussions of surgical diseases occurring in the abdomen, such as pyloric stenosis, intussusception, appendicitis, tuberculosis, intestinal neoplasms and Meckel's diverticulum. The chapter on preoperative and postoperative treatment, including complications, is full of excellent advice based on the large experience of a surgeon with mature judgment. This is also evident throughout the book whenever the author's personal opinions are expressed. The work is definitely down to date. At the end of each chapter is a short bibliography with references to the American, French

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