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The eighth edition of this handbook of children's diseases has been revised and in part rewritten since its last edition was published four years ago. The sections on antibiotics and poliomyelitis have been brought up to date. The inclusion of appropriate treatment with steroids (except that such treatment is not mentioned for fulminating meningococcal infections), the use of recently available orally given nonmercurial diuretics, and the mention of increasing caution with respect to the degree to which children are exposed to radiation are indications of most recent pediatric thought, but no mention can be found of the use of such valuable new drugs as reserpine and other tranquilizers. Some of the treatments recommended, such as the use of castor oil as a cathartic and radiation therapy for an enlarged thymus gland, are largely outmoded in this country. This book is essentially a miniature textbook, in that it attempts to cover
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