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February 1959

Anomalies of Infants and Children

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1959;97(2):249-250. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1959.02070010251019

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Although this book was written as an aid to the general practitioner and pediatrician, in general much of the material, in my opinion, is slanted toward the nonmedical person. In places where the subject matter is covered more thoroughly there are significant inaccuracies and omissions. As an example, in the chapters on etiology, Mongolism and sickle-cell disease are stated to be due to a dominant mutation. Although the effect of x-ray radiation on the embryo is discussed, there is no mention of associated microcephaly. Under electrolyte therapy the authors recommend a 1%-2% ammonium chloride therapy for sodium depletion in the immediate postoperative period. They also state that "little or no salt should be given a patient postoperatively for about forty-eight hours, particularly if there has been any vomiting."

After the first five chapters covering general aspects, the authors review their knowledge of malformations by region. The coverage of anomalies of

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