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August 1964

Congenital Malformations of the Rectum, Anus and Genito-Urinarv Tracts

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By F. Douglas Stephens. Price, $13. Pp 371, with 227 illustrations. The Williams & Wilkins Co., 428 E Preston St, Baltimore, Md 21202, 1963

Am J Dis Child. 1964;108(2):216-217. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1964.02090010218021

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This book, directed and edited by F. Douglas Stephens, contains a series of essays by members of the staff of the Department of Surgical Research in the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. Written chiefly by pediatric surgeons for their surgical colleagues, this unusual volume contains interesting contributions to anatomy, histology, physiology, and pathology of the lower part of the body. As pointed out by Denis Browne in the foreword, the malformations of the lower end of the digestive canal have been given less attention in medical writings and education than those of the upper end, particularly harelip and cleft palate. Lack of knowledge of this area results often in bad results from surgery by destruction of muscles of the pelvic floor. Three chapters of the book are given to congenital malformations of the anus and rectum in children. A chapter on "Landmarks and Legends of the Anal Canal" deals critically

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