September 1957

The Compleat Pediatrician.

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By W. C. Davison and Jeana Davison Levinthal. Seventh edition. Price, $4.25. Pp. 265. Duke University Press, College Station, Durham, N. C., 1957.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1957;94(3):354-355. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1957.04030040140026

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The seventh edition of this popular reference book on pediatrics has just been published, bringing up to date the innumerable points of diagnosis and therapy encountered in pediatric practice. This book has been based on the principle that a busy physician needs a quick complete source of reference to help him recall any condition that might account for any set of presenting symptoms and to provide him with up-to-date advice on therapy. In addition, complete tables are available giving the facts of normal growth, development, and laboratory analysis.

Since discussion of controversial subjects is at a minimum, readers may object to the dogmatic way in which some of the subjects are presented. If one recognizes, however, that this is primarily a compendium of facts and that a given plan of therapy represents only the opinion of one group, this need not be an important objection.

There is a wealth of

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