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This is a practical book designed to acquaint the young medical school graduate with the accepted techniques of practical treatment of pediatric surgical problems. Its greatest value is in giving detailed descriptions of simple procedures used in the care of the pediatric surgical patient. Of particular value and charm are the early chapters describing some of the tricks learned from long experience of how to woo the faith and respect of the child being prepared for surgery and anesthesia.
The book is profusely and often needlessly illustrated. There are, for example, the inevitable before-and-after surgical pictures of perfectly normal looking youngsters in almost every chapter that seem to plague pediatric and plastic surgeons in this era. In many chapters these half- and full-page pictures occupy space that might have been used for a more exhaustive discussion of the surgical problem involved.
The author's surgical interests are reflected in the inordinate
KEMPE HC. Pediatric Surgery. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1959;97(2):252–253. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1959.02070010254026
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