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March 11, 1968

Atlas of Infant Surgery

JAMA. 1968;203(11):992. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140110084033

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Pediatric Plastic Surgery: Trauma  , vol 1, by Francis X. Paletta, 245 pp, 419 illus, $27.50, St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Co., 1967.These two new books by St. Louis surgeons are fine additions to the pediatric surgical literature. They complement one another and should be side by side on the surgeon's bookshelf.Dr. Lewis' Atlas of Infant Surgery beautifully describes and illustrates the common congenital and neoplastic lesions encountered in practice. He succinctly outlines the special requirements for successful surgical care of infants. Each chapter is introduced with a graphic discussion of the embryology and diagnosis of a particular lesion. Alternative surgical solutions are mentioned, but the author limits the illustrations of operations to techniques he has found successful. The chapter on imperforate anus is particularly up to date, for I believe this is the first text in this country to illustrate the sacroabdominoperineal approach and the importance of puborectal