April 1957

Handbook of Pediatric Medical Emergencies.

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Edition 2. By Adolph G. DeSanctis, with the collaboration of Charles Varga. Price, $6.25. Pp. 389, with 73 illustrations. C. V. Mosby Company, St. Louis, August, 1956.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1957;93(4):468. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1957.02060040470020

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The second edition of this popular reference book on pediatric emergencies has been expanded to include chapters on Metabolic Emergencies, Accident and Poison Prevention, Genitourinary Emergencies, and Respiratory Paralysis in Poliomyelitis. Much of the original material has been rewritten. The book may be divided into (A) General Sections: 1. performance of procedures; 2. management of pediatric emergencies; 3. treatment of drowning; and (B) Specific Treatment of Poisoning due to a Variety of Substances.

A wealth of valuable information is presented in this book in a succinct and usable manner, and it should be of great value to physicians who deal with children, particularly in smaller hospitals. The material on poisonings is particularly well presented. On the other hand, it would seem that this type of book would be of much less value in the hospital concerned with training pediatric residents and teaching medical students, since the authors must obviously present

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