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February 23, 1957

Pre and Postoperative Care in the Pediatric Surgical Patient

JAMA. 1957;163(8):699. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970430089034

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This fine textbook does not treat pediatric surgical patients as "little adults," but rather as a specific group with specific problems. An admirable feature of the work is that it is written not only for the specialist but for the "occasional pediatric surgeon" as well. Although much of the material is beamed to this "occasional pediatric surgeon," it nevertheless has been acquired from the material gathered in a children's hospital where many patients of each type were accessible rather than only an occasional one. Chapter 1, which deals with the child's emotions and surgery, presents a down to earth discussion of the emotional problems involved. It fortunately does not go overboard on controversial psychiatric problems. Chapter 2, entitled Fluid and Electrolyte Balance, is one of the best in the book, despite its brevity. Practical therapeutic measures for specific problems are accurately and succinctly described. Section three, dealing with specific preoperative

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