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March 17, 1993

Forfar and Arneil's Textbook of Paediatrics

Author Affiliations

State University of New York Brooklyn


edited by A. G. M. Campbell and Neil McIntosh, 4th ed, 2068 pp, with illus, $225, ISBN 0-443-04193-8, New York, NY, Churchill Livingstone, 1992.

JAMA. 1993;269(11):1447. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500110119053

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This book serves as a standard pediatric textbook for the United Kingdom. Almost all of its authors reside there, although a few are scattered in former British colonies, including one from Virginia; another is from, of all places, Reno.

In undertaking to write a review on a 2068-page textbook, one has to make some decisions with respect to the breadth and depth of reading. I have chosen to do the following: first, I have skimmed through the entire contents to get an idea of the relative coverage and to see what has been excluded. I have then chosen to read in depth in two areas: the topics of which I have the greatest knowledge and experience and a group in which I have the least knowledge and experience. Then I have sought out some areas of important new knowledge created in the past few years to check currency. Finally, I