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April 1950

Advances in Pediatrics. Volume 3 (1948).

Am J Dis Child. 1950;79(4):772-773. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1950.04040010787020

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This 1948 edition, at least equal in quality to the 1947 volume, again covers articles of pediatric interest, and yet is not limited strictly to this specialty. The selection of subjects reflects the present concept of the pediatrician's function as physician and counsel to the family in all matters related to the child and not only as a doctor concerned with the curing of the sick.

Smith's article on the effects of obstetric procedures on the infant, while important to the pediatrician, is worth while reading for the obstetrician as well. Whereas the pediatrician is usually confronted with a fait accompli, the obstetrician finds himself in the position to prevent damage to the infant by the supervision of prenatal care and the choice of procedures used at delivery. The effects of the use of various anesthetics and analgesics and the method of delivery are discussed, and suggestions for further research

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