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December 1959

Practical Pediatrics.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1959;98(6):812. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1959.02070020814021

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Eley and Kramer indicate their intention to describe in simple language accepted practice and procedures in pediatrics within the scope of the general practitioner in his everyday practice. They present their material in a simple conversational style which makes rapid and pleasant reading. Selection and limited space necessarily restrict discussion. The inclusion of an up-to-date bibliography would have helped overcome this partcular defect. Some duplication of material in various chapters is also somewhat detrimental to the over-all work.

The chapter on the newborn is well conceived but lacks helpful information on range of normal variations and values. The chapter on infant feeding is adequate but could have benefited by the inclusion of material covered in a later chapter on allergy regarding a feeding program for atopic infants. The authors retain the procedure for scarlet fever immunization after noting that "most physicians are of the opinion that immunization against this disease...

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