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Nonoperative Aspects of Pediatric Surgery.

Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(2):298-299. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110210148030.
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This 146-page monograph on the nonoperative aspects of pediatric surgery has been authored by a physician who is Diplomate of both the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Surgery. The book reflects Dr. Owings' excellent training and experience in both fields.

The style of this text makes for easy and pleasant reading. The chapters are concise and informative. There is obviously no intent on the author's part to produce a pediatric-surgical text. The book is rather a knowledgeable treatise on the preoperative and postoperative care of the pediatric-surgical patient. There is nothing original in this book, but it is an excellent summary of current pediatric-surgical thought concerning the nonoperative aspects of care in this age group.

Dr. Owings wisely stresses the importance of minimal handling of the postoperative neonate. His plea to keep the patient warm and "on the dry side" is also well taken. The chapters


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