July 1958

Aids to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases of Children.

Author Affiliations

By F. M. B. Allen, M.D., F. R. C. P. (Lond.), Nuffield Professor of Child Health, Queen's University, Belfast; Physician, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast; Paediatrician, Royal Maternity Hospital, Belfast. Tenth edition. Price, $3.00. Pp. 302. Balliére, Tindall & Cox, 7-8 Henrietta St., Covent Garden, W. C. 2, London, 1957.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1958;96(1):111. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1958.02060060113016

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This 10th edition pocket-sized volume is one of several English-authored and -published "small textbooks" in which particular emphasis is given to a concise, synoptic presentation of the principles of diagnosis and treatment of pediatric disease.

Dispensing with the usual "textbook preliminaries," the author reviews the care and management of the newborn and neonatal problems, infant feeding, vitamins, and other aspects of nutrition. He then proceeds to present "by system" the diverse affections of children. Treated in separate chapters are the problems of the "infectious fevers," tuberculosis, rheumatic disorders, and syphilis, with appropriate concluding appendiceal sections on diets, useful tables, chemotherapy, and prescriptions.

There are some statements which are at variance with our accepted standards, one example of which is the assertion that prophylactic treatment of the eyes of the newborn is an "unnecessary hospital routine," although this is required by law in the United States. Likewise, in advice regarding umbilical

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