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July 28, 1969

Pediatric Surgery

Author Affiliations

University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh

JAMA. 1969;209(4):564-565. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160170060030

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The third edition of Swenson's textbook should meet with enthusiastic acceptance by the surgical community. Because of its multiple authorship, detailed coverage in certain subspecialty areas is more adequate than in the two previous editions. However, in this effort to be complete, I think that the senior editor has allowed for rather skimpy handling of two important sections, namely, cardiovascular surgery and orthopedics. They should either have been expanded and dealt with adequately, as are urology and neurosurgery, or they should have been eliminated, inasmuch as they are well covered by other standard textbooks in their specialty fields. Another hazard of a multiple-authored text is quite apparent: the chapters written by Dr. Swenson himself, out of his vast experience, are much superior to those of more-junior authors who have had far less exposure to the disease entities about which they write. A fair variation in the style of presenting material