April 1966

Physical Medicine in Paediatrics.

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By Basil Kiernander, MB, BS, MRCP, DMRE, DPhys Med. Price $12.95. Pp 223. Butterworth, Inc., 7235 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, DC 20014, 1965.

Am J Dis Child. 1966;111(4):455-456. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1966.02090070153038

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The book is a most welcome and valuable addition to the pediatric literature. There has long been confusion among pediatricians and other medical specialists as to the definition of physical medicine and its medical specialists known as physiatrists. The role that physical medicine plays in the care of both the normal child and the child with specific handicapping conditions is likewise often misunderstood. This well-edited text directs itself towards the definition and scope of physical medicine in pediatrics and approaches the problem by outlining the needed training of the physiatrist and the tools which must be made available to him for the practice of his specialty. Growth and development, both normal and abnormal, are continually stressed throughout the volume as being the basic concept that the physiatrist must use as a background for treatment, evaluation, and prognosis of the handicapped child. The role of physical fitness in normal school

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