October 1955

Treatment of Acute Poliomyelitis.

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Edition 2. By William A. Spencer, M.D. Price, $3.75. Pp. 134. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave. Springfield, Ill., 1954.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;90(4):481-482. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.04030010483028

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This is essentially a loose-leaf notebook with an outline of treatment of a series of selected problems in the care of patients with respiratory failure in poliomyelitis. Each subject is handled first by a boxed-in list of tabulated important points, and this tabulation is followed by one or two paragraphs of discussion.

The book is planned to furnish a quick reference manual for the busy practitioner who is faced, for the first time, with such problems. Attempts to furnish material so that he who runs can read, must suffer from the limitations of great briefness by the necessity for dogmatic statements and for outlines instead of discussions. All these lead to certain inaccuracies and a temptation for routinization of treatment which may act as a protection for the patient in the hands of a practitioner with excellent judgment, but might do harm if literally and uncritically accepted.

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