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July 1937

Vermeidbare Kinderkrankheiten.

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By Dr. Walter Birk. Price, paper, 12 marks; bound, 13.60 marks. Pp. 232, with 21 illustrations. Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke, 1936.

Am J Dis Child. 1937;54(1):199-200. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1937.01980010208018

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The content of the book is much more inclusive than would be anticipated from the title. Much of the material (such as a lengthy discussion of the low incidence of breast feeding, nutrition and dietary fads) seems irrelevant. The importance of breast feeding is duly emphasized. More space is devoted to accounts of diseases and abnormal conditions than to their prevention. An excellent description of tuberculosis in children is presented. The advice relating to child guidance and the management of the problems of adolescence is also good.

Regarding the prevention of disease, several phases are brought out. The importance of individual and family responsibility and cooperation with the state are stressed. Well recognized general principles of preventive medicine, such as avoidance of exposure to disease (especially at certain age periods) and instruction of the laity are discussed. In connection with hereditary diseases, the merits and shortcomings of genetics are pointed

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