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January 23, 1960

The Surgeon and the Child

JAMA. 1960;172(4):400. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020040098024

This is a lucid and easily readable description of an approach to pediatric surgical problems by one of America's best known surgeons. Consideration for the child as a person dominates the author's approach; from the sympathetic understanding made evident by his superb descriptions of sick children, it is not difficult to see why he is often referred to as an operating physician rather than simply as a surgeon. This book should appeal to both the pediatrician and the pediatric surgeon, as it contains many clinical clues and surgical points which should be helpful to both.

Some readers will regret the lack of a bibliography, but the absence of reference numbers strewn throughout the text makes for easier reading, and the scholar should have access to the Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus. In a textbook of this size certain descriptions must occasionally be too brief, as is the description of the electrocardiogram

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