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August 1965

Biochemical Diseases (Chemical Pediatrics).

Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(2):319. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870020159048

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It is difficult to find something favorable to say about a book that is out of date when published, filled with inaccuracies, poorly written, and poorly edited. One must hope that its high cost will be sufficient to keep it out of the hands of most students.

Practically all recent publications appear to have been ignored in preparation of the book. Of the more than 100 references cited in the chapter on bone disorders, none is more recent than 1957. In the chapter on digestive disorders only one publication appeared after 1959 and the newly emerging field of intestinal disaccharidase deficiencies is not even mentioned. Failure to consider recent publications is particularly evident in the rapidly developing field of intellectual disorders (Chapter 1).

Perhaps a few quotations will help to support the reviewer's view that many statements are meaningless, unsupported, or erroneous.

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