This volume is designed not as a text but as a concise outline of pre- and postoperative care in the field of pediatric surgery. The author points out that it is written with the "occasional pediatric surgeon" in mind.
The early sections of the book deal with the general preoperative considerations and with general postoperative considerations. There is a short but beautifully written chapter dealing with the child's emotions in surgery. There also are chapters of outline type regarding fluid and electrolyte balance and anesthesia, with a minimum of discussion. The postoperative considerations are concerned with the normal postoperative period and the abnormal postoperative period. The chapter concerned with care of the wound is presented very succinctly.
The final section is entitled "Specific Pre and Postoperative Considerations." These are presented as conditions necessitating operation grouped according to the various body regions. In outline form, under each condition, are listed (1)