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April 1942

Chinese Lessons to Western Medicine.

Am J Dis Child. 1942;63(4):829-830. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1942.02010040197014

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This is a most interesting book. While there is not a great deal of material specifically on pediatrics, nearly everything in it pertains in some way to pediatric work. Especially enlightening is the chapter "Nutritional Problems and Avitaminoses." The difference between the nutrition of the Chinese and that of the Western nations is such as to afford contrasts which are most enlightening. (Professor Snapper, it should be said, is head of the department of medicine in the Peiping Union Medical College, and these are personal observations from his clinic.) His observations on infectious diseases are also interesting, especially the chapter on kala-azar, which is prevalent in that region. The chapter on amyloid degeneration brings out points of much clinical interest. His observations on cardiovascular diseases and on anemia are stimulating. All in all, the book contains a fund of experience which should be of a great deal of value in

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