February 1950

Diseases of Children.

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By Donald Paterson, M.D., and Alan Moncrieff, M.D. Price, $10. Pp. 1033, with 380 illustrations. Williams and Wilkins Company, Mount Royal and Guilford Aves., Baltimore 2.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1950;85(2):361-362. doi:10.1001/archinte.1950.00230080165018

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As a source of English and European methods in pediatrics, this book probably is a good representative text. However, it is evident that much of the material is based on American publications. As is true of all such texts, it tries to cover the entire field of pediatrics and is necessarily sketchy in its discussions of many conditions. It seems to the reviewer not to offer more than the good standard texts of pediatrics published in the United States, though it is well written and easily read.

As in any text which is published during a period of rapidly increasing knowledge of useful antibiotics and chemotherapeutic agents, treatment is its weak point. Because of this, its outlook is not as bright as it could be at the present. One is struck with the futility of putting much time into writing a text which will be behind the times so soon.

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