In the preface the editors state, "There would be little reason for producing a new book on pediatrics unless it were designed to fill an obvious need. This book is... designed primarily for the physician in the general practice of medicine.... A short section has been developed to aid the physician in a small community.... The book represents an attempt to produce a practical volume which contains the information necessary for the application of modern methods to the care of children...." Unfortunately, the editors have not been successful in reaching completely the objectives stated in the preface. Allergies and seizures, two conditions commonly encountered, are not treated exhaustively or in a practical enough manner to be of much use to the general practitioner. The section on allergies takes up 13 pages, whereas the section on diseases of the endocrine glands, seen less frequently, occupies 27 pages. On the other hand,
Pediatrics. JAMA. 1957;163(9):792. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970440088026
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