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May 11, 1970

Pediatric Surgery

Author Affiliations

Cook County Children's Hospital Chicago


edited by W. T. Mustard et al, 2 vol, ed 2; 1,576 pp, 3,992 illus, $45, Chicago: Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc., 1969.

JAMA. 1970;212(6):1070. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170190084024

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Eighty specialists in various branches of children's surgery have devoted tremendous amounts of time and energy to make the second edition of Pediatric Surgery truly encyclopedic. The authors have rewritten nearly every chapter and have added 31 new sections to reflect the amazing advances in pediatric surgery since the first edition was published. Thoracic, abdominal, and genitourinary surgery, the traditional areas of the pediatric surgeon, are exceptionally comprehensive. The common surgical afflictions, from meatal stenosis to esophageal atresia, are discussed clearly and concisely from the authors' wide experience. Unusual anomalies which a surgeon may encounter only once in a lifetime are equally well described. In addition, the surgical literature is reviewed in depth to provide us with the most extensive existing bibliography of pediatric surgery.

The chapters on pulmonary disease, intussusception, and diaphragmatic hernia are outstanding and the history of surgery for appendicitis is a little gem. The basic sciences