Book Review
April 1925

Two Hundred and Sixty Consultations in Diseases of Children

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By J. Comby, Chief of Staff, Hospital for Sick Children, Paris. Masson & Co., Paris, 1925. Price, 14 francs.

Am J Dis Child. 1925;29(4):580. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1925.04120280152015

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In this, the eighth edition of his popular work, Comby has added fifty "consultations" to the earlier volumes, and has recognized the spread of French medicine following the great war by including chapters on such exotic diseases as ankylostomiasis, kala-azar and beriberi.

From abscess to yaws he has outlined his methods of treatment step by step, under numbered captions, now inserting copies of his favorite prescriptions and again describing with meticulous care the dietetic regimen for the disease under discussion. Unfortunately for American readers, many of the drugs recommended are entirely unfamiliar, and one is forced to the conclusion that the international rapprochement in medicine could be effected more promptly through a common Pharmacopeia.

In spite of the knowledge gained in recent studies of influenza, Comby still uses quinin as an antipyretic, and quotes experiences from the epidemic of 1889-1890 rather than from that of 1918-1919, which is not mentioned.

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