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February 1953

Disease In Infancy and Childhood.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1953;85(2):256. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1953.02050070265015

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This new pediatric text is unusual in these times in that it is the work of a single author, who is professor of child life and health at the University of Edinburgh.

The text is divided into 22 chapters, which cover adequately, for the most part, the field of pediatrics. The initial chapter deals with history-taking and examinations. In this section an interesting inclusion is a scheme for a psychological history for use in behavior problems. While it is designed for the social worker in large part, it is a valuable outline for the pediatrician. In this chapter also is included very brief mention of growth and development, far too brief for our present preoccupation with this important phase of child health.

Two following chapters are concerned with social and environmental factors in disease and constitutional factors in disease. Both of these are excellent and are not generally found in

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