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December 17, 1982

Complications of Pediatric Surgery: Prevention and Management

JAMA. 1982;248(23):3182-3183. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330230080051

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Complications of Pediatric Surgery is edited by Dr Kenneth J. Welch, an experienced pediatric surgeon who practices at the prestigious Boston Children's Hospital. The first section, consisting of seven chapters, is concerned with the basic science of pediatric surgery. The authors address anesthesia, hemorrhage, renal insufficiency, wound healing, nutrition, and surgical infections.

One of the outstanding contributions of the entire book is in this section. Dr Marc Rowe has written a thoroughly understandable chapter on shock and resuscitation. In it, he rationally discusses the controversy over the use of plasma, electrolyte, and albumin solutions in children in shock.

The remainder of the book is organized in the classic manner, by organ system. In most chapters the authors have reviewed the pathology and treatment of disease entities in standard textbook fashion, and some merely list the complications in a single paragraph or table. I looked in vain for penetrating, detailed advice