As emphasized by the authors in the Preface, general surgeons are expected to have an understanding of common pediatric surgical problems and their appropriate management. In this relatively short book, the authors try to provide a comprehensive review of less commonly encountered entities in the pediatric age group, in addition to discussing situations usually handled by the general surgeon, such as pediatric hernias or appendicitis. The format is that of case studies, and the reader is presented with several possible answers to each question. Alternative answers are discussed in detail and most of them are well referenced.
The scope of the problems discussed is quite wide, ranging from neonatal surgical emergencies such as tracheoesophageal fistula, midgut volvulus, intestinal atresia, meconium ileus, or imperforate anus, to selected problems in pediatric cardiothoracic, urologic, orthopedic, and otolaryngologic surgery. Pediatric surgical endocrine problems, including thyrotoxicosis, medullary carcinoma of the thyroid, and pheochromocytoma, are well