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July 1964

Pediatric Therapy.

Am J Dis Child. 1964;108(1):113. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1964.02090010115020

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If one asks physicians to list general forms of therapy most will start with drugs and surgery, some will add physiotherapy and nutritional therapy, but few will consider change of environment, hydrotherapy, talking with the patient (Scott calls this the "doctor prescribing himself"), and recreational therapy as a part of management of a patient's problem. Dr. Shirkey in this book on pediatric therapy has not limited his contributors to discussion of therapy only with drugs or surgery although these naturally occupy most of the book. This is particularly impressive, for the editor, who is chairman of The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs and well known for his work with drugs, might be pardoned if this were a book on drug treatment only.

He starts out with a chapter on drug treatment which includes sections on drug reactions, the placebo, dosage and prescription writing, but throughout the book emphasis

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