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The ideal textbook of pediatrics is one which confines itself to those conditions peculiar to childhood and to the special manifestations of disease in children. Adequate and for that matter outstanding texts of general medicine are always readily available; to duplicate in treatises on pediatrics discussions of infectious disease, neurology and dermatology, except so far as the picture is significantly modified by the preadolescent state, seems ill advised and superfluous. Granted that practical considerations limit the size of ordinary textbooks to approximately 1,000 pages, then if matters of growth, development, infant feeding and special conditions of childhood are properly dealt with, insufficient space remains in which to do justice to general medicine, neurology and dermatology. The result is that what is said about typhoid fever, diabetes insipidus or multiple sclerosis may be too brief to be of use to one unfamiliar with the subject and yet too commonplace to interest
Pediatrics. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1934;53(5):805–806. doi:10.1001/archinte.1934.00160110174016
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