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July 27, 1918

The Practice of Pediatrics.

JAMA. 1918;71(4):302-303. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600300066024

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In his preface to the second edition, Kerley says that twenty-five new articles have been added, sixteen chapters largely rewritten, and lesser changes made in many others. One of the advantages of this textbook is that there are numerous illustrative cases; among the disadvantages are some of the methods of treatment advocated by the author, including, for the condition which he calls acute enteric intoxication, medication with 20 minims of brandy and 1 drop of the tincture of strophanthus for a child 6 months of age, and in colic, from 5 to 10 drops of gin in 3 teaspoonfuls of hot water to be repeated in ten minutes. When prescribing liquid petrolatum, he invariably refers to it as liquid albolene aromatic, thus specifying the preparation of a single firm. On the whole, the book is well worked up, contains a mass of material, and may be regarded a valuable reference

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