This book admirably accomplishes its specified intention of covering basic knowledge of pediatric surgical problems for senior medical students, family physicians, and junior house officers. The first eight chapters include such general topics as preoperative and postoperative care, surgery in the newborn, trauma, and infection. The next 16 chapters cover the field of pediatric surgery in a regional anatomical fashion, including the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts, the thorax, and the musculoskeletal and central nervous systems. The last two chapters discuss the special areas of cancer and radiotherapy, and bacteriology.
Mr Dennison and his contributing authors demonstrate an unusual ability to clearly and simply present a great deal of information, covering each subject in some detail without getting bogged down in theoretical aspects of problems or surgical technique. The table of contents is clear, orderly, and easy to read. The index seems comprehensive and quite usable.
Although the number of contributors