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May 1960

Michael Gets the Measles. 2. Dear Little Mumps Child. 3. Peter Gets the Chickenpox. 4. Doctors' Tools

AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(5):888. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730050244044

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My stack of books for review was surprisingly and delightfully brightened by these four medical books for children. The stories explain various stages of common childhood illnesses accurately yet reassuringly to the child. The prose is pleasing with the jingle-type of rhyme that children themselves create and understand. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and mirror the prose as well as complement it. These four books by Dr. Marguerite Rush Lerner, clinical instructor of dermatology at Yale, as well as the mother of four children, reflect a true understanding of the child in his illness. The honest exposition, plus an added page of detailed information for parents "all about the disease," provides understanding for the parents and ammunition should the child be scientifically curious.

We recommend the books for your reception room and suggest that they be chained down.

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