January 1961

Intussusception in Infants and Children

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By M. M. Ravitch. Price, $9. Pp. not given. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill., 1959.

Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(1):142-143. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620010146023

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This book, the first of the Pediatric Surgical Monograph series, is an exhaustive treatise on intussusception with particular consideration of nonoperative reduction by hydrostatic means. The historical background of present-day concepts is summarized in the first chapter. Then the clinical aspects of this important acute abdominal condition are discussed along with certain pertinent facets of pathology and bacteriology. Much of the remainder of the text is devoted to treatment with special consideration to the controversial issue of nonoperative reduction. Dr. Ravitch has been a leading proponent of this approach, and he discusses the advantages and disadvantages, the dangers and the risks, in an interesting and objective manner. It is clear that nonoperative measures have their place here, and must be applied with judgment and skill just as in any operative treatment. In other words, hydrostatic reduction is not a safe or easy substitute for operative reduction of intussusception. It must

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