December 1977

The Essentials of Paediatric Surgery

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Yale-New Haven Hospital 789 Howard Ave New Haven, CT 06504


ed 3, by Harold Nixon and Barry O'Donnell, 369 pp, 104 (6 color) illus, $20, JB Lippincott Co, 1976.

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(12):1411. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120250093026

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It is difficult enough to review a book as complete as this in terms of total content, but it is even more difficult to review the third edition. Much has been said before about this text. It was written specifically for the medical student in an encyclopedic way so that most of the topics of pediatric surgery are covered in their essence, some of them in detail.

The most emphasis, I suspect, should be placed on the changes in the text from the second to the third edition, since there has been a shift in the general feeling toward operation on myelomeningocele. This section has been entirely rewritten with more emphasis on selective treatment rather than uniform treatment at the earliest possible date. Quite obviously, studies have shown that some of the vigorous attacks of the past five years on myelomeningocele have resulted in limited success and indeed great hardships.

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