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August 1961

Kernicterus: Report Based on a Symposium Held at the Ninth International Congress of Pediatrics.

Am J Dis Child. 1961;102(2):289. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.02080010291028

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This report, based on a symposium held at the Ninth International Congress of Pediatrics, Montreal, 1959, is one of the best medical books I have seen. It is organized into 5 major sections:

  1. Kernicterus of prematurity: incidence and etiological factors

  2. Factors influencing the life span of the red blood cell

  3. The metabolism and excretion of bilirubin

  4. The pathology of kernicterus and the cytotoxicity of bilirubin

  5. Factors influencing the distribution of bilirubin in the body

Written by a group of real experts, the style is exceptionally clear, concise, and easy to read. Unnecessary words are eliminated, pertinent illustrations are freely used, and, best of all, highly precise and specific information is presented instead of the all too common generalities. Because of the economy of words, an amazing amount of information is packed into the book's 221 pages.

This book is highly recommended to the physician who

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