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September 26, 1966

Pediatric Pathology

JAMA. 1966;197(13):1110. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110130110045

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The second edition of Pediatric Pathology weighs 1 1/3 lb more than its predecessor, stretches for 171 more pages, and, in place of the plain blue cover of 1959, has a latter day Hansel and Gretel outlined against a forest of cartilage columns arising from epiphyseal roots.

New syndromes are recorded and fresh interpretations of old diseases set forth. A chapter on chromosomes makes an impressive 26-page debut, and the sections on erythroblastosis and inborn errors of metabolism are expanded. The arrangement of the subject matter is sometimes confusing, eg, all of leukemia hides in the chromosome section, and cystic fibrosis lurks under inborn errors of metabolism; but these distractions are minor if the reader is an alert user of the index.

Dr. Stowens, a certified pediatrician as well as a pathologist, rests his book on the bedrock of morphology. A deft codifier of disease, he backs his words with