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The fourth edition of this biannual text has not only been updated since the previous edition in 1968, but an additional 127 contributors have been added. The contributors for the most part are well chosen for their experience and expertise in many specialized areas and do indeed offer the practicing physician a reliable "consultant service." In several instances more than one article appears on one topic, offering the reader alternate points of view in the management of various pediatric illnesses.
Despite the authors' avowed purpose that "throughout this book we assume that the physician has reached the correct diagnosis and has turned to this text to learn exactly how the particular condition is being treated by a physician who has had more experience in its management," the bulk of this text is filled with redundant material on symptomatology and diagnosis, resulting in a textbook of pediatrics, rather than a book