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Five nationally prominent pediatric surgeons have drawn from their combined clinical experiences to write, ie, not just edit, this text. The authors' goal was to provide a "single concise reference" for all who care for children undergoing surgery. In a refreshing and unique style (ie, no footnotes), each surgeon wrote some chapters and then read, critiqued and approved the chapters by the other four. Suggested readings are given after each of the 96 chapters. The authors try to include only the essentials, but the definition of "pediatric surgery" varies by regions of the world. It would be hard to get unanimous agreement among surgeons as to what the essentials are.
The superb overview is a suitable beginning reference for pediatric and surgical house staff and neonatal fellows. This is not a pocket manual but a text that could be used often in any pediatric or neonatal intensive care unit. The
Bower RJ. Essentials of Pediatric Surgery. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995;149(10):1180-1181. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1995.02170230134032