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February 6, 1978

Congenital Deformities of the Chest Wall and Their Operative Correction

Author Affiliations

Kennedy Memorial Hospital for Children Brighton, Mass

JAMA. 1978;239(6):547. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280330079041

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Pediatricians rarely will have had the experience of examining large numbers of adults and, in the process, of realizing how commonly a congenital deformity of the chest occurs. The more serious of these deformities are rare and usually are obvious even in infancy. When and how to treat a deformity surgically are the subjects of this definitive book. Ravitch brings to these questions the experience of several decades, scholarship in the study of embryology, and a clarity of exposition that are exemplary.

The book, handsomely illustrated, has six chapters, the first four entitled "Sternal Clefts," "Pectus Excavatum," "Pectus Carinatum," and "Poland's Syndrome." The other two chapters cover deformities not easily classified or ascribable to generalized diseases. All the subjects are exhaustively covered, primarily from the surgeon's standpoint, but pediatricians would do well to consult this monograph when treating a patient with any congenital deformity of the chest.