October 1954

A Synopsis of Children's Diseases.

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By John Rendle-Short. Price, $7. Pp. 608, with 7 illustrations. Williams & Wilkins Company, Mount Royal and Guilford Aves., Baltimore 2, 1954.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;88(4):554. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050100556014

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At intervals, in the announcements of new medical books, there appear synopsis types of books embracing general medicine and most of the specialties. These have their merits if they are not taken too seriously by the neophyte in medicine.

This book is such a compendium of the diseases of children, written in outline form with short concise statements embellishing the form of presentation. In its 608 pages there are 21 sections which denote diseases in systems, such as "Diseases of the Cardiovascular System" and "Diseases of the Respiratory System." These are further divided into 164 chapters representing each of the entities of the sections. Three of the unusual sections are those on "The Healthy Child," "The Neonatal Period," and "Accidents in Childhood." The material is excellently indexed, as such a book must be, to improve its usefulness. There is the inevitable appendix, which contains drug dosages appropriate for children, and

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