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October 1964

Tumors of Infancy and Childhood.

Am J Dis Child. 1964;108(4):449-450. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1964.02090010451027

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This book is touted as a "practical" "atlas" and as a comprehensive guide on its dust jacket. It fails in being practical in that it contains irregular and unwarranted patches of speculation, and in that there is sufficient nontypographical factual error to make application difficult if not dangerous. An atlas of tumors prevalent in infancy and childhood is needed, but this is not the book.

At least 55 of the photomicrographs are out of focus or overexposed; photographs of gross specimens are dark or featureless and there is a lovely color plate of a normal child with "cured" cancer, certainly a needless inclusion. The substitution for recognizably typical fields of mysterious "highpower" micrographs of tumors confuses the nonpathologist and alienates the morphologist. In three cases, I am not sure that the enlargements are of the preceding low-power photograph, as stated.

A great deal of misleading and curious hedging is contained

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