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From The CriticsReviewer: Daniel R. Bronfin, M.D.(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: "This extensive collection of outlines of common pediatric chief complaints and specific diseases provides rapid overview for the clinician. The previous edition was published in 2003. "
Purpose: The back cover states that this book provides "timely, clinically essential information on the health problems commonly seen in infants, children, and adolescents." More importantly, it is "presented in a time-saving format ideal for today's busy clinician!" This book is successful in being a very easy to use, quick reference book with a great deal of information; it certainly has a role in the armamentarium of today's pediatrician.
Audience: Though it is not explicitly stated by the author, this book has proven most useful to residents in pediatrics. It will be a useful resource for anyone involved in the care of children and adolescents.
Features: The book is organized into two major sections — chief complaints and specific diseases —with concluding chapters providing glossaries, tables, laboratory values, and medication information. The same approach is used for each topic which facilitates rapid learning. I found the discussions on "Data Gathering," "Pitfalls," and "Common Questions and Answers" most useful.
Assessment: Previous editions have proven very popular, particularly amongst students and residents; this new edition with added topics and updated information will certainly continue this tradition. This type of presentation would be optimal in PDA format. It is my hope, however, that "today's busy clinician," after reading these concise outlines on the run, will be motivated to sit down later and read more extensively from standard texts and journals more detailed information to enhance the care of their young patients.