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February 1963

Pediatric Methods and Standards. Fourth Edition.

Am J Dis Child. 1963;105(2):225-226. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080040227021

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This little handbook of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania, professes to be "a pocket memory for factual data and test methods with enough text to facilitate their usage." An alternative title might be "How to Be a Pediatric House Officer Without Asking Too Many Questions." It is designed for those eager beavers who would rather look up the answer and be right than to guess and goof. It should be progressively more valuable to pediatric fellows, practicing pediatricians, pediatric residents, and interns.

I kept this little book on my desk for a week, and I've looked to see if it would answer the questions on procedure, dosage, and interpretation of laboratory results aimed at me by students, residents, and attending physicians. I conclude that I could leave this book in my chair when I leave the office, and people wouldn't miss me much. I also conclude that most

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