Eighth edition. By F. M. B. Allen. Price, $2. Pp. 268. London: Baillière, Tindall & Cox, 1947; Baltimore: The Williams and Wilkins Company, 1948.
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This eighth edition of a familiar and popular book, which has been used by generations of English students, is the first thorough revision since 1936 and is as interesting as any of the newer English textbooks. The text is clearly written, as in most English books. Clinical descriptions are excellent and, while brief, are not lacking in essential information.
Treatment, from an American point of view, leaves something to be desired. The book was rewritten in 1947, but penicillin is not recommended as freely as we would think desirable, nor are doses suggested. Meningitis is to be treated with serum intrathecally for at least four days. Penicillin is recommended, but sulfonamide compounds are relegated to the shelf as being hardly of value. Since we have developed a highly specialized technic for the care of premature infants, it is amazing to think of putting a premature baby to the breast. There
Aids to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases of Children.. Am J Dis Child. 1948;76(5):599. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030030612016