December 1973

Surgical Lung Diseases in Childhood.

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Los Angeles


By W Poradowska, S Reszke, S Kubicz. Price, $6.75. Pp 292. Polish Medical Publishers, Warsaw, Poland, 1972.

Arch Surg. 1973;107(6):919. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350240083032

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This attractive atlas by the pediatric surgery and radiology consultants of the Research Institute for Mother and Child in Warsaw, Poland, summarizes the authors' experiences with a large variety of congenital malformations, inflammatory conditions, tumors, and injuries of the lung and pleura. The volume provides a brief review of the pathophysiology of respiration in the newborn and a discussion of the diagnostic and therapeutic modalities used for infants and young children with pulmonary lesions. A survey is provided of most congenital malformations of the lung and pleura, together with brief descriptions of the recommended diagnostic and therapeutic measures.

Five chapters are devoted to inflammatory conditions of the lung and thoracic cavity, including brochiectasis, tuberculosis, staphylococcal pneumonia, lung abscess, and parasitic cysts of the lung. Notably absent is a discussion of granulomas such as toxoplasmosis and histoplasmosis. The authors also do not indicate the difficulties in differentiating nonsurgical inflammatory conditions from

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