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January 1939


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By. Prof. Dr. Heinrich Finkelstein. Fourth edition. Price, 13.50 florins. Pp. 890, with 204 illustrations. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1938.

Am J Dis Child. 1939;57(1):236. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1939.01990010245016

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This is the fourth and presumably the last edition of the greatest work ever written on diseases of nurslings. It resembles former editions in length and general arrangement, though many chapters have been rewritten, and more American references have been included. There are six divisions: (1) development and feeding of nurslings, (2) disturbances during the transition from fetal to extrauterine life, (3) disturbances involving actual change in the composition of the body (nutrition, etc.), (4) metabolic diseases, (5) general infections and (6) diseases of individual organs.

The book opens and closes an epoch in pediatrics. Thirty years ago Finkelstein and Meyer announced their studies on alimentary intoxication, at a time when students of infant nutrition groped, helpless and bewildered, for leadership. These thirty years have seen methods and theories of infant nutrition so simplified that mortality resulting from improper feeding is practically unknown today. This tremendous gift to humanity is

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