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Surgery of the Adolescent is a new book, encompassing 354 pages and 17 chapters, that attempts to fill the void between pediatric surgical texts and the many excellent general surgical texts concerned with the adults.
Unfortunately, the authors' goal of "providing a single source of information for dealing with the numerous and varied surgical disorders of the adolescent, identifying the unique character of these problems in the teenager, and distinguishing such disorders in this age group from older patients" has been only partly accomplished. The chapters on head trauma, injuries to the adolescent athlete, and orthopedic disorders are notable for their thorough presentation and illustration. I found the algorithm for the early treatment of head trauma to be useful.
In contrast, a chapter on acute appendicitis covers only four pages and includes a differential diagnosis of abdominal pain when the reader anticipates an elaboration on the assessment for functional abdominal-pain
Touloukian RJ. Surgery of the Adolescent. JAMA. 1987;257(15):2094. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390150110050
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