by Thomas M. Holder and Keith W. Ashcraft, 1,166 pp, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1980.
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This will undoubtedly become one of the standard textbooks of pediatric surgery. I hope that future editions will be as up to date and practical as this first. The list of contributors reads like a who's who in pediatric surgery. The author of each of the 82 chapters is a well-recognized authority. In most, he or she has published or spoken extensively on that particular aspect of the pediatric surgical field. In each chapter the general aspects, techniques of diagnosis, and most modern therapeutic regimens are thoroughly described. The literature is briefly reviewed in most chapters, but the experience of the authors forms most of the basis of each chapter. The editors have arranged each chapter and the entire book to make its use very easy.
My only criticism is that the person who probably did the most work in the preparation and organization of the book is only mentioned
EMMENS RW. Pediatric Surgery. Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(4):378. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970400096036