By Donald Paterson and Reginald Lightwood, Seventh edition. Price, $8.75. Pp. 593, with 82 illustrations. J. B. Lippincott Company, 227-231 S. 6th St., Philadelphia 5, 1956.
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In the new edition of this English textbook, the authors have tried to keep it both practical and helpful for the general practitioner and senior student. Diagnosis and treatment are emphasized, and the 593-page text is concise almost to the point of an outline. The book is a good introduction to pediatrics, but it is not comparable to those of Nelson, Holt, and McIntosh or to Dr. Paterson's new Canadian "Pediatrics," which he and Dr. McCreary edited.
After reading the book, this reviewer was again impressed with the phraseology of much English medical writing, colorful and often delightful. Consider this description of the hand in Erb's palsy: "The arm hangs by the side, fully pronated, with the hand in the position of a waiter's hand bent to receive a surreptitious tip." Or, again, this picture of a child with rickets: "The rickety child has the head of a philosopher, the
Sick Children.. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1957;94(3):355-356. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1957.04030040141028