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March 24, 1956

Survey of Clinical Pediatrics

JAMA. 1956;160(12):1098. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960470094032

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As indicated in the preface to this second edition, the author has endeavored to cover a broad subject as completely, yet as briefly as possible, focusing on highlights and relationships. In general, he has accomplished this purpose, but he is often forced to be didactic in the presentation of material that is in some instances regrettably sketchy. He has developed a remarkably concentrated style, using terse, telegraphic sentences that cover the bare facts in a concise but clear manner. Well-organized outlines and tables are used to good advantage, complex subject matter is covered in a short space, and much pertinent information is included. However, little selection or choice is left to the reader. The practice of providing review questions at the end of each chapter is somewhat sophomoric for the graduate level. While the author claims to present majority opinion on controversial points, there is little opportunity to weigh the

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