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We have no hesitancy in saying that the neat little volume before us is a succinct presentation, in a pleasant form, of many of the diseases of children. To say that it is a complete compend would require the critic to ignore almost wholly the existence of such an important feature of the human economy as the respiratory system.
Of all the diseases of early life a very large number belong to either the digestive or respiratory tracts; yet, whereas upwards of forty pages are devoted to diseases of the digestive apparatus, it is impossible to find space given to respiratory affections—aside from two or three pages upon atelectasis pulmonum and asphyxia neonatorum. The author must certainly have a due appreciation of such diseases as catarrhal laryngitis, pseudo-membranous laryngitis, bronchitis, pneumonitis, pleuritis, etc., and the importance of their intelligent treatment at the bedside of the child.
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A Compend of Diseases of Children.. JAMA. 1891;XVI(14):500. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410660032015