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July 1962

A Synopsis of Children's Diseases.

Am J Dis Child. 1962;104(1):108. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1962.02080030110028

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This book was obviously intended primarily for those interested in the clinical aspects of the diseases of childhood. The contents are presented in a succinct outline form and contain a great deal of factual information which can be used with profit for a comprehensive review of the subject. However, the author's didactic approach sometimes fails to include a consideration of the possible variations ordinarily found in both health and disease or of the physiological principles which are needed for a complete understanding of the pathogenesis of various abnormalities.

As a result of differences in viewpoint certain conditions which are well recognized in the United States are not even mentioned (cretinism resulting from various enzymatic defects and acute laryngotracheobronchitis due to Hemophilus influenzae being two examples) or are given different emphasis (e.g., there is an entire section on boron poisoning, but salicylism is mentioned only in passing). Treatment, too, is often

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