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February 1973

Handbuch der Kinderheilkunde.

Am J Dis Child. 1973;125(2):299. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.04160020107027

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This handbook is conceived and written in the classical German tradition and has all the shortcomings and all the merits of such an undertaking. It constitutes a conscientious compilation of the present state of knowledge in the field of pediatric malignancies and will become obsolete as rapidly as new information becomes available.

It is somewhat difficult, however, to visualize just who will benefit from reading this book. Certainly not the pediatrician at large, because on the one hand the information presented is more detailed and more technical than serves his purpose, and on the other hand because the book lacks a unified clinical viewpoint based on personal experience. Many of the authors are obviously comparatively young men of privatdozent rank, who present a thorough compilation of the literature but leave the reader to his own devices when it comes to choosing a particular course. In a rapidly changing field such

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