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July 25, 1953

Fanconi and Wallgren's Textbook of Pædiatrics.

JAMA. 1953;152(13):1285. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690130101039

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This is an English edition of the original German textbook, "Lehrbuch Der Pediatrie." The book contains contributions from 19 well-known European pediatricians who, as far as possible, confine themselves to their own particular specialties and express their own ideas.

There are 33 chapters, including a chapter on tropical conditions in childhood and a synopsis of medical treatment. There is considerable revision of the German text, bringing up-to-date the section on antibiotics and including fresh material in many chapters.

While the book is comprehensive and detailed, it is somewhat deficient in discussion of the newer remedies, particularly the broad spectrum antibiotic drugs. In treatment of Hemophilus influenzae meningitis, for example, only the sulfonamides and streptomycin are recommended. While most therapy seems similar to that practiced in the United States, measures such as mustard poultices in the treatment of bronchiolitis are obsolete. Another serious deficiency is the lack of adequate and up-to-date

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