This apparently and deceptively short elementary teaching manual is in reality a relatively complete discussion of the acute abdomen in the neonate. The approach to the included material, which emphasizes the mechanical (surgical) problems, is comprehensive, and the case selection and roentgenogram reproductions are both excellent.
The author states in the preface that he attempted to achieve three main goals: (1) to demonstrate the diagnostic approach, (2) to provide a detailed comprehensive text, and (3) to allow the reader to review the specific information for which he is looking. I believe with some reservations that he has achieved these goals. The approach uses a film presentation and challenge to the reader followed by an explanation of the findings, analysis of the case (both clinical and roentgenographic), a quiz with answers and discussion, and a set of references.
Detailed comprehensive texts must by necessity be long and contain many references to