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The tenth edition of the "Handbook" is an excellent updating of previous texts. Much material has been rewritten and reorganized in better and more logical style. The stated purposes of the book are stringently adhered to: to provide a compact, clinically oriented, abbreviated and yet extensive survey of pediatric diseases and their management. This little pocket-sized book, now translated into eight foreign languages, is quite clearly written to serve a wide diversity of audiences around the world. The American user must keep this in mind when he sees that entities such as tularemia, amebiasis, and poliomyelitis are given more complete coverage than gonorrhea, renal tubular defects, and minor orthopedic problems of the foot.
Coverage of the newborn has been particularly well done, I believe. In the ninth edition, the organization was divided among the newborn infant, the premature infant, and the low-birthweight infant. With this edition, however, the authors have
SAYRE JW. Handbook of Pediatrics. Am J Dis Child. 1973;126(6):862-863. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.02110190704038