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The Parents' Medical Manual

Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(3):332. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130150086034.
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Of modest size and pleasing format, this book is an excellent guide and reference for educated parents concerning medical problems of children. The authors state in the preface that more than 400 physicians were consulted in deciding what to include in the book, and they have succeeded in including an explanation for, and the home treatment of, most common illnesses of childhood. It is hoped that sales will not be curtailed by a most unfortunate dust jacket. Prevention is stressed, not only in the first chapter entitled "Preventing Accidents and Poisonings," but throughout the book.

On seeing a listing of 70 contribut ing authors for a book of about 400 pages, one fears finding a hodgepodge of writing styles and a variability in quality of chapters. Such is not the case here as the contributions are distributed fleetingly in the text, sometimes in a few sentences and at other times


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