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February 1965

Diseases of Children.

Am J Dis Child. 1965;109(2):182. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1965.02090020184021

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This brief, 538 page, book on diseases of children impresses me as quite a remarkable accomplishment for a single author. The diseases of childhood are well covered, the description of disease excellent, and the therapy clear and precise. The illustrations are good. The treatment and prevention of asthmatic attacks with physiotherapy taught to the mother sounds very encouraging and makes me wonder if good instruction in physiotherapy of diseases of the chest is more easily available in England than it is in many parts of the United States. I like the advice to close the defect of a meningo-myelocele immediately after birth whatever the ultimate prognosis, for leaving an unsightly sack on the babies' backs which may rupture and is always prone to infection has never seemed like good therapy to me. An occasional statement such as that the shock of acute meningococemia is caused by adrenal failure and that

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