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June 1971

Paterson's Sick Children

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ed 9. By Reginald Lightwood, MD, FRCP, DPH, Frederic Brimblecombe, MD, FRCP, DPH, Donald Barltrop, MD, MRCP, DPH. Price, $19.50. Pp 795, with 152 illustrations. JB Lippincott Co, E Washington Sq, Philadelphia 19105, 1971.

Am J Dis Child. 1971;121(6):551. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02100170133035

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In this age of health maintenance and preventive pediatrics, the title Sick Children may be anachronistic but perhaps a comfort to the traditionalists among us.

This textbook, now in its ninth edition, is characterized by brevity and a sense of "universal globalism" in most of the chapters. Among the chapters containing well-organized material are the chapters on neonatal pediatrics and feeding and nutrition. In the former are descriptions of the major neonatal problems with brief outlines of therapy and in the subsequent chapter there is a good method for instruction on breast-feeding. The chapters on the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, rheumatic fever, and infectious diseases deal with these subjects clinically and rather well. The chapter on the nervous system is by far the most sophisticated and informative.

This book reads more like a manual than a true textbook. The treatment of many subjects is at best superficial and at worst,

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