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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Benjamin Danielson, MD (University of Washington School of Medicine)
Description: Providing acute pediatric care is an extremely demanding endeavor. Practitioners contend with a wide range of ages and long differential diagnoses, and time is at a premium. In this clinical setting this text is extremely useful because it is an easy to use, surprisingly comprehensive resource.
Purpose: The editors are very effective in fulfilling the goal of providing a useful, thorough, yet quick pediatric reference.
Audience: The target audience includes nurses, medical students, residents, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and physicians who provide acute clinical care to a pediatric population.
Features: This second edition is an enhancement of the comprehensive nature of the easy-to-use first edition. Two-page (or less) compilations of medical information organized by symptoms as well as specific diagnoses are presented. Important features of history and physical examination are included. A few important symptoms are not included (e.g., dizziness or vertigo), lab work up recommendations are not always appropriately prioritized, a few treatment recommendations seem outdated (e.g., antibiotic management of otitis media or theophylline for bronchiolitis), and a few typographical errors exist (e.g., rather importantly, a "<10%" that should be ">10%" on page 327). Still, over all this is an extremely useful tool enhanced by special, unique features like "pitfalls," "Common Questions and Answers," and relevant ICD-9 codes.
Assessment: I find this book to be uniquely useful in the setting of a busy pediatric acute care practice.