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September 19, 1980

Surgical Pediatrics: Nonoperative Care

JAMA. 1980;244(12):1376. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310120060036

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Surgical Pediatrics is a well-written, skillfully edited, tidy supplement to the usual textbooks of pediatric surgery. It deals with the supportive care required by any infant or child who undergoes an operation.

The first two chapters, written by C. Everett Koop, skillfully explore the relationships between the surgeon, the seriously ill child, and the child's family. The remaining chapters describe the care of a sick or injured child from the time he is transferred to the hospital through the emergency and operating room and the postoperative period.

The chapter on the environment for pediatric surgery should be read by anyone who contemplates the development of pediatric surgery in a community hospital. The chapters on respiratory care, vascular access, and intravenous nutrition have been written by experts in these fields. Fluid management is described in a readable, simplified manner, which takes much of the mystery out of this important aspect of