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September 4, 1937

Études sur les maladies de l'enfance

JAMA. 1937;109(10):818-819. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780360066041

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This book consists of clinical essays, each about twenty pages in length, on scrofula, rickets, lymphatism, intermittent albuminuria, headache of school children, involuntary defecation, spasmodic paraplegia, varicella, pericardial puncture, and extubation. The discussions are mainly clinical and are based on the writer's experience. Throughout the book, more than in most American writings, greater emphasis is laid on syphilis and tuberculosis as etiologic factors. Some of the author's hypothesis are not widely known in this country. He believes that infections are important in the causation of rickets. He feels that the value of the ergosterol in our tissues lies in overcoming chronic infections when it is activated by sunlight. Intermittent albuminuria, although frequently postural, has its real origin in a mild kidney infection which has healed but left the kidney with slight functional damage. For the mature pediatrician, the excellent clinical descriptions and observations make stimulating reading. The book can well

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