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August 3, 1907

Golden Rules of Pediatrics. Aphorisms, Observations and Precepts on the Science and Art of Pediatrics. Giving Rules for Diagnosis and Prognosis, etc.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(5):434-435. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530050072018

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The title of this book in a measure prepares one for what one finds on opening it. It is a compilation of trite sayings and instructions as to what to look for in the examination of children, with superficial suggestions as to what to do when one has found these things. In laying down these "golden rules," we are told to look out for or to remember only symptoms, and this without any system or logical arrangement. A chapter or section entitled "Peritoneal Irritation" may be taken as a sample of the book. Under this section are found mentioned abdominal tenderness and rigidity, with their causes, severe anemia with mention of pernicious anemia, leukemia, scurvy, anemia infantum pseudoleukemia and edema. Pernicious anemia, by the way, is spoken of as not "uncommon in young children," whereas it is a rare condition at this age.

A section is devoted to "Some Golden

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