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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Shalini Gilotra, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a concise handbook for the management of common conditions seen in the pediatric emergency department. It is a good reference handbook with easy to follow algorithms.
Purpose: The author's purpose is to provide a concise, portable handbook summarizing the majority of conditions that are seen in a pediatric emergency department. These are worthy objectives and the author meets them.
Audience: The book is written for primary care providers as well as emergency medicine physicians. It would also be a useful aid to emergency medicine or pediatric residents or fellows. The author is a credible authority.
Features: Covered in this book are common conditions of the pediatric emergency department population and how to manage these conditions in an acute care setting. A background of these conditions is also given. The conditions are divided alphabetically by systems (such as cardiac, GI, pulmonary, etc) which makes it an easy reference to use. What is best about this book is that it is concise and to the point and therefore many conditions can be outlined. It has tremendous scope. The code card is a great unique added feature. The only shortcoming about this book is its small print.
Assessment: The quality of the book is excellent. This useful reference is more thorough and more accessible than comparable emergency pediatrics books.