By Henry K. Silver, C. Henry Kempe, and Henry B. Bruyn. Price, $3. Pp. 548. Lange Medical Publications, P. O. Box 1215, Los Altos, Calif., 1955.
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This first edition of a very useful handbook for quick reference on pediatric subjects is well accepted by medical students and house officers. It is extraordinarily complete despite its small size.
The main objections are those applicable to any condensed handbook: (1) small print making for difficult reading, (2) a tendency for those in training to allow this publication to supplant more complete discussions, and (3) in order to secure brevity the necessary generalizations do not reflect the disparity in views of other authorities on some of the subjects.
Some sections are especially concise and complete, such as the one on chemotherapy and antibiotics. This handbook can be recommended as a quick source of useful information.
Handbook of Pediatrics.. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1956;91(4):413. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1956.02060020415017