1986 YEARBOOK OF PEDIATRICS Edited by Frank A. Oski, MD and Jarnes A. Stockman III, MD Year Book Medical Publishers, Chicago-London. 1986. 586 pp. 542.95.
As a practicing pediatrician for over 50 years, and as a reader of every volume of the Yearbook of Pediatrics during that time, I have often wondered at the vast amount of labor placed on the shoulders of the editor. It meant not only the selection of important and valuable articles from numerous medical journals (79 in the present volume) but reading the articles, having them abstracted, and then commenting on many of them.
It is obvious that the editor of such a volume must be a pediatrician who is well read and has wide experience and interests in all areas. Such a pediatrician is Dr. Sidney S. Gellis, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics of Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Gellis edited the Yearbook for 27 years, (1951-1978), writing comments following most of the articles. Once, at a meeting of the Academy of Pediatrics, I collared Dr. Gellis and asked him how, under such a prodigious load, he was able to find time to teach, see his family, and eat and sleep. He assured me that he could handle all these angles and efforts and still find time for relaxation.
He was succeeded as Editor in 1979 by Dr. Frank A. Oski, assisted by Dr, James A. Stockman III, at that time Professor and Associate Professor, respectively, of the State University of New York Medical Center at Syracuse, NY. Both are superb pediatricians with wide experience and broad interests both clinical and scientific. Today Dr. Oski is Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School ot Medicine, and Dr. Stockman is Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics at Northwestern University School of Medicine.
Under their combined editorship, the Yearbook has continued to flourish, and has grown from 420 pages ten years ago to 580 pages at the present time.
A great many of the abstracts are followed by comments of Dr. Oski and Dr. Stockman in a conversational style, often with touches of humor. But a good many of the abstracts also are reviewed by various national authorities in the specific field discussed.
The volume closes with a listing of numerous articles, not abstracted, which might be of special interest to pediatricians.
Through the years I have found the Yearbook most valuable. Under the present editorship of two pediatricians, each with a wealth of knowledge, they have ably continued the tradition set by Dr. Gellis of providing the reader with a quick review of interesting cases, new approaches, recent advances, and varied opinions in all fields relative to pediatrics.
All pediatricians will enjoy reading the abstracts in their leisure hours for a quick and interesting up-todate review.