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February 1954

Franconi and Wallgren's Textbook of Pædiatrics.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;87(2):258-259. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050090246030

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This is the first new European pediatric text to appear since the war, having been published both in German and English. Dr. Franconi and Dr. Wallgren have enlisted the aid of colleagues from Switzerland and Sweden, as well as Holland, Finland, Norway, and Turkey. As the editors feel that the appeal of a European text to English-speaking pediatricians lies in its presentation of the views of the European pediatricians, this approach, rather than the presentation only of material which has stood the test of time, has been used.

In comparison with the more encyclopedic American texts, this book is brief. In most cases, the brevity is in its favor, little of importance being omitted. Syphilis, for example, covers 13 pages, as against 32 in the largest American text. Greater emphasis is laid on psychiatry, this section being very good. It includes the education of the normal child as well as

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