December 1953

Diseases of Children.

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By Sir A. E. Garrod, Frederick E. Batten, Hugh Thursfield, and Donald Paterson. Fifth edition, edited by Alan Moncrieff and Philip Evans. Price, $21.00. Pp. 1,973, in two volumes. Williams & Wilkins Company, Mount Royal and Guilford Aves., Baltimore 2, 1953.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1953;92(6):926. doi:10.1001/archinte.1953.00240240162015

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The scope of this two-volume treatise on pediatrics is extensive. From the tedium of vital statistics one progresses to a most interesting brief on heredity and the causes of congenital malformations. Such basic considerations as acid-base regulation and clinical pathology will be welcomed by the practicing physician.

The thoroughness with which such vital subjects as feeding, growth and development, disorders are discussed render this text adequate for the medical student. The same is also true of infectious diseases. The discussion of treatment, especially as relates to prophylaxis, general nursing, and supportive care is adequate. The use of chemotherapeutic agents and antibiotics is outlined but not adequately discussed. The additions and changes in this field of therapy make such a lack understandable.

For thorough treatment and readability the chapters on functional disorders and organic diseases of the nervous system can be heartily recommended.

This two-volume text is suitable for both medical

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