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July 11, 1966

Lehrbuch der Kinderheilkunde

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Rochester, Minn

JAMA. 1966;197(2):155-156. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110020143064

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In pediatrics, it is difficult indeed to condense the material sufficiently for the medical student and general practitioner and still produce a useful reference for the pediatrician. The condensation in this modern German text was done well in some chapters, such as those on metabolism, immunology, virology, the genitourinary system, and the skeletal system, but probably went too far in other chapters.

As in any multiple-authored volume, one may take serious issue with a number of statements or with weak chapters. For instance, it might be better to have a pediatrician rather than an otolaryngologist write about otitis media and the indications for tonsillectomy. The specialist is usually exposed to the more serious complications and not to the everyday problems of ear infections and indications for adenoidectomy.

The lengthy and complicated chapter on infant nutrition will probably frighten medical students away from pediatrics; it may even confuse pediatricians. Most mothers

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