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February 1928

Diagnostik und Therapie der Kinderkrankheiten.

Am J Dis Child. 1928;35(2):352. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1928.01920200184017

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The author calls the book a guide for the practicing physician, and it is not intended for the pediatrician. It gives only concise summaries, which are good in most instances and lays great stress on treatment, the outlines of which are, in general, satisfactory. The chapters on nephritis could be improved by revision. It is somewhat peculiar to read about the "lubricating action" of a drug in constipation. This phrase, although much used, has little meaning. The amounts of methenamine which are recommended for use in pyelitis are insufficient. The definition of acrodynia is given as "the vegetative neurosis (Akrodynie, Feersche Krankheit)." To call this disease a neurosis of the vegetative nervous system is not an advancement.

A chapter is devoted to therapeutic technic; the second part of the book deals with the drugs given to children and contains directions for the feeding formulas most commonly used abroad. This second

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