March 1955

A Handbook on Diseases of Children.

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Edition 6. By Bruce Williamson, M.D., F.R.C.P. Price, $4.50. Pp. 476, with 98 illustrations. Williams & Wilkins Company, Mount Royal and Guilford Aves., Baltimore 2, 1953.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;89(3):398. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.02050110464029

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This book is a short compendium, or handbook, in the field of pediatrics. Although apparently meant for medical students, since constant reference is made to them throughout the text, it may be considered as a refresher for the practitioner as well because many entities are discussed in sentences or small paragraphs. This book stands out in contrast to American textbooks of pediatrics, the latter containing 1,200 to 1,500 pages and discussing individual entities much more completely than could be done in the 467 pages of this book. Thus it could, at best, be considered only as a rapid reference book on the diseases of children. The convenient subheadings lend it easily to quick reference and also facilitate immensely the use of the book for this function. There is no bibliography appended to references made to the work of others, which presents the author in an unusually authoritative light. Therapy and

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