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April 1940

Pediatric Surgery.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;59(4):920-921. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.01990150238020

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This is the first comprehensive American work on the subject of pediatric surgery to be published since the excellent two volume edition by Kelley. Dr. Brenner has had the assistance of several collaborators, who have written sections on anesthesia, blood transfusion, cleft lip and palate, thoracic surgery, urologic conditions and neurologic surgery. Fractures and orthopedic conditions, usually so extensively treated in works on surgical pediatrics, have been purposely omitted, both in the interest of brevity and as being adequately covered in other textbooks. The section on general conditions includes taking the history, clinical and laboratory procedures, wounds and accidents, surgical shock, water balance, preoperative and postoperative care and the surgical aspects of rickets and scurvy. Brevity and conciseness have been attained by the use of well chosen words and phrases, by reference to personal experience rather than compilation of references and by a rather trenchant, didactic style which gives important

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