July 1958

A Synopsis of Children's Diseases.

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By John Rendle-Short. Price, not given. Pp. 624. John Wright & Sons, Ltd., 42-44 Triangle West, Bristol 8, England, 1957.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1958;96(1):112. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1958.02060060114019

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"A Synopsis of Children's Diseases" is written in outline form, with emphasis on diagnosis and management, although some space is devoted to the etiology—and even to the history—of certain disorders. The word "synopsis" belies the length and completeness of the book, which makes it more than adequate as a quick reference for the house officer or busy practitioner.

Recent advances in knowledge and therapy are included in this second edition, and there should be little disagreement with Dr. Rendle-Short's factual presentation, although readers on this side of the Atlantic may differ in their approach to well-baby care and treatment of emotional disorders.

While not a substitute for a text, the book is an excellent synopsis—although one hopes that for a third edition the publishers will create a more pleasing format.

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