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July 11, 1977

Atlas of Pediatric Diseases

JAMA. 1977;238(2):167. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280020071037

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The expansion of the field of pediatrics has been paralleled only by the proliferation of subspecialties, subspecialists, and an inevitably vast subspecialized literature. Nevertheless, there remains a sizable group of practitioners who must approach the patient as the patient presents to them. It is therefore refreshing to encounter a volume devoted to visual diagnosis.

Atlas of Pediatric Diseases, by Helmut Moll, translated by Walter Kleindienst, contains 378 fine illustrations, both in color and in black and white. Unfortunately, the text is not of comparable quality. Perhaps the major difficulty is in nomenclature; words such as "dyspepsia" and "phlegmon" have long been discarded by American physicians. The table of contents, which spans congenital malformations to infectious diseases and disorders of the nervous system, is in need of reorganization. The text accompanying each picture, by contrast, is well organized, but the differential diagnoses are often too brief and treatment too vaguely defined