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December 17, 1982

Complications of Pediatric Surgery

JAMA. 1982;248(23):3182. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330230080050

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For surgeons, complications are a fact of life. Thoughtful assessment and discussion of each complication at the weekly hospital morbidity and mortality conference is directed at early detection and treatment. These discussions often provide the basis for modifications in management that improve the care of patients and the results of many surgical procedures. DeVries and Shapiro address this issue in a new multiauthored book encompassing subjects in general pediatric surgery and pediatric neurosurgery, orthopedics, and urology in 37 chapters.

The text is clearly written and well illustrated, providing useful information for both generalists and pediatric surgeons. Organization of the contents is a bit confusing, since chapters on specific organs, such as the esophagus, are mixed with others on specific disorders, such as biliary atresia, necrotizing enterocolitis, and Wilms' tumor. While most conditions are covered in varying detail, many chapters have excessively long and nonessential descriptions of etiology and diagnosis, which