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As any statistician knows, there are degrees of reliability in everything we do. There are also statistics of statistics just as fleas have fleas. For the few who read this review there is, therefore, at least a double hazard in accepting the reviewer's opinion of the author's opinions. There is the additional problem of a variable degree of competence of each person in the numerous subdivisions of his field of interest. Enough philosophizing. The crux of the matter is that both the author and the reviewer are primarily clinical surgeons and theoretically the most reliable part of this review should relate to the clinical aspects of the book. It is my impression that the author is a superlative bedside manager of fluid and electrolyte balance, especially in the field of pediatric surgery. He mentions little things about technique and hazards that are so true and so well described that the
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