by Sydney S. Gellis, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine; Director of Pediatrics, Boston City Hospital; and Benjamin M. Kagan, M.D., Director, Department of Pediatrics, Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, Los Angeles; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, Los Angeles. xxxv + 747 pages. W. B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia and London. 1964. $16.00
For the amount of talent that editors Gellis and Kagan have assembled between its covers, this guide to therapy is a good buy. A quick count indicates that almost 250 individuals have contributed to the text; most of them are recognized authorities in their subspecialty fields. The editorial selection of topics to be covered, as well as of the appropriate individual for each topic, is predictably excellent, since Dr. Gellis has for some years edited The Year Book of Pediatrics.
It is assumed by the authors that physicians using this guide have fundamental diagnostic matters well under control and are seeking primarily an expert's present thinking on treatment. Diagnostic discussions are therefore sharply limited. Current Pediatric Therapy does not replace a standard pediatric text; rather, it expands the text's section on treatment into a large compendium of therapy. The book is “perishable” by its nature since treatment is continuously evolving.