Not since the publication of the eighth edition of Davison's The Compleat Pediatrician, in 1961, has there appeared such an unconventional major book in the field of pediatrics. If it is true, as Davison said of his book, that "In contrast to many pediatric books which too often resemble the old fashioned hoop skirt in covering the subject without touching it, this book is like a G-string in touching the subject without any pretense of covering it, or even more aptly, like a brassiere in only touching the high spots"; then this book is like a topless, bottomless go-go bar room dancer who reveals surprising and pleasing assets without covering anything at all.
While Davison's book was encyclopedic in concept and this one is highly selective, they have much in common. Titillating figures and statements abound in both. For example, from Davison, "Fifty six per cent of aortic stenosis patients