Some years ago a book reviewer called for an end to the division between urology and nephrology. A solemn attempt to unite them has been made in this book. The editor intends to satisfy the interests "of all concerned with the treatment of childhood disease." To this end, he assigned the 35 chapters to authors from four disciplines: two urologists, two pediatric surgeons, three pediatricians, and a radiologist. He further intends the book "primarily as a practical guide for surgeons" and has directed it to the postgraduate level, providing "an account of the observed facts and of our attitude towards treatment."
Although weighted heavily on the side of urology, the subject matter is indeed extensive, ranging from pseudohypoaldosteronism to circumcision, from the oculocerebrorenal syndrome to the current concept of the uninhibited bladder. The editor assumes that surgical readers will already be "well acquainted... with the technique of commonly employed operations."