January 1981

Swenson's Pediatric Surgery

Author Affiliations

Tufts-New England Medical Center 171 Harrison Ave Boston, MA 02111


ed 4, by John G. Raffensperger, 957 pp, with illus, $78.50, New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1980.

Am J Dis Child. 1981;135(1):86-87. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1981.02130250072032

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The fourth edition of Swenson's Pediatric Surgery has just been published. It differs significantly from previous editions and from other major textbooks of pediatric surgery. The fourth edition is a single-volume work rather than the previous two-volume set. The price is a bargain in today's book market.

The editor, who wrote most of the book, departed from the style used so often in medical textbooks. This is a problem-oriented volume, written for the surgical house officer and the practicing general surgeon who sees an occasional pediatric patient. Common pediatric surgical problems are clearly and concisely defined, and their treatment described. The author inserts his own preference for methods of treatment and the reasons for his preferences, but not at the expense of alternative methods of therapy. This book gains in readability from close editing and attention to the style and content.

Absent from this text are sections on pediatric cardiac

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