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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Danielle Calix, MD (Ochsner for Children)
Description: This is the fifth edition of an up-to-date, comprehensive, and practical guide to the care of adolescents and the unique issues in this area. The previous edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: It is meant as a daily reference for practicing healthcare professionals. Adolescent medicine is a constantly evolving field requiring frequent incorporation of newer data, research, and resources. In this regard, the authors meet the objectives.
Audience: The book is written for all healthcare professionals involved in the care of adolescents.
Features: Beginning with a brief overview of normal pubertal changes and physiology, the book then comprehensively addresses commonly encountered abnormalities and variations from the norm. Relevant issues such as obesity, hypertension, sports participation, and topics related to sexual activity, are well represented. Also quite useful are the various algorithms, health forms, and web sites which can be provided to patients and their families for further research and education.
Assessment: This will be an invaluable reference in day-to-day care of adolescent patients and their families. The new chapters, updates of existing chapters, and the addition of pertinent websites justify this fifth edition.