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The editor's aim is to present a comprehensive and authoritative textbook on the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory tract disorders in children. Authority is satisfactorily supplied by 29 capable contributors and the coverage is so comprehensive that many conditions are covered which have little or no relationship to disorders of the respiratory tract; ie, most of chapter 7, "The Mouth," and section V, "The Ear."
The advantage of multiple contributors is authority; the disadvantage, incohesiveness. Dr. Kendig, as editor, has organized and maintained the theme quite well. There are a few tendencies, however, to merely recite diseases, forgetting the pediatric restrictions implied by the title.
Chapter 6, "The Nose," is particularly disappointing from a rhinologist's point of view. "With exception of nasal polyps, tumors of the nose and nasopharynx occur rarely in childhood." Nasal polyps are no exception; they are rare in childhood (O. E. Van Alyea, 1951). On the
CLEMIS JD. Disorders of the Respiratory Tract in Children. Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;87(4):447–448. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00760060449025
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