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March 17, 1993

Forfar and Arneil's Textbook of Paediatrics

Author Affiliations

State University of New York Brooklyn

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