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February 2, 1970

Neurosurgery of Infancy and Childhood

Author Affiliations

Bowman Gray School of Medicine Winston-Salem, NC

JAMA. 1970;211(5):832. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170050066028

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The preface of this new second edition sums up the rational, progressive, at times brilliant approach to pediatric neurosurgery begun by Franc Ingraham, a pupil of Cushing, and advanced by the worthy successor to these men, Donald Matson.

The innate intelligence, the surgical ability, the gift of speaking and writing endowed Donald Matson with the capacity to express himself factually and reasonably, never hyperbolically. Yet in writing of Donald Matson and of his last book, it is tempting to resort to hyperbole, of which he would have disapproved.

Of the 11 major sections one could select some as stronger than others. The book does not display any weaknesses. A section on neurosurgical anesthesia, written with the advice of Dr. Robert Smith, cannot be as complete as a book on the subject would be, but it covers the subject well and gives the inquisitive reader adequate reference to more elaborate material.