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September 1954

Synopsis of Pediatrics.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;88(3):423. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050100425014

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This book is an organized synopsis of pediatrics. It is well written and makes for easy reading. The authors mention in their preface that this book is strictly a condensation, and that a regular textbook or up-to-date literature must be consulted for details.

The sections on contagious disease and vitamin deficiencies are especially well written.

While the description of the various conditions in regard to cause, symptomatology, and physical findings is satisfactory, the discussion on treatment is most inadequate. The authors did very little revision of the previous editions on this particular and important phase of pediatrics. Most therapeutic measures mentioned are ancient, with very little emphasis on modern therapy. A few examples of this are as follows: In discussing treatment of acute cervical adenitis—hot and cold compresses, stimulating ointments, such as 5% ichthammol (Icthyol), iodine ointment, turpentine liniment are discussed in a full paragraph, with the concluding sentence that

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