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July 9, 1997

Surgery of Infants and Children: Scientific Principles and Practice

Author Affiliations

Yale University School of Medicine New Haven, Conn

JAMA. 1997;278(2):172. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550020104053

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Surgery of Infants and Children, edited by Oldham et al, is a major text that emphasizes the "scientific principles and practice" of pediatric surgery while presenting the most available information on the diagnosis and treatment of the wide spectrum of clinical conditions encountered in this age group. The principal editors have been joined by 149 contributing authors "substantially younger than tradition would suggest for a text of this sort." Their work encompasses 1834 pages, 18 major sections, and 104 chapters. The editors have done exceptionally well in maintaining balance and consistency in style and language to make the book very readable.

The text is a reference work "with a unique and contemporary view of pediatric surgery," one of the goals announced in the preface. The first section is devoted to the basic considerations required to understand the pathophysiology of surgical disease, while other major sections cover trauma, oncology