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Book Reviews
December 1932

Le rachitisme et la tétanie.

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By Edmond Lesné and Lucien de Gennes. Paper. Price, 30 francs. Pp. 140, with 31 plates. Paris: Gauthier-Villars & Cie, 1932.

Am J Dis Child. 1932;44(6):1382. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950130232021

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Abstract

The first ninety-one pages of this book are devoted to rickets. The various chapters deal with the history, clinical forms, differential diagnosis, etiology, pathology and treatment. These subjects are covered in a brief but thorough manner. The chapter on treatment is interesting because of its conservatism. Prophylactic treatment consists in merely fresh air, sunshine and cod liver oil. The curative treatment is first ultraviolet rays and second cod liver oil. The authors believe that with a potent oil a teaspoonful dose a day is sufficient. Irradiated products are given a third place, with a warning that it is a grave error to confound irradiated products with cod liver oil. It is refreshing to note that these authors, at least, have not been stampeded by propaganda into using this form of therapy. Tetany is taken up in practically the same manner as rickets. Treatment with parathyroid extract, calcium salts, ammonium chloride,

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