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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Rajasekharan Warrier, MD (Ochsner for Children)
Description: This unique book covers the whole gamut of potential emergency room or urgent care incidents involving children. It uses few algorithms or figures, but it provides accurate, evidence-based, and concise facts in a clear and easy-to-read and well-referenced format that can be reviewed quickly in an emergency situation.
Purpose: The authors' aim is to provide clear, concise, and easily accessible advice on the management of common emergencies in pediatric practice. This is a worthy objective as the major pediatric textbooks are often not easy to use in an emergency setting. This book offers adequate information in a compressed fashion on a variety of common as well as less common cases one may face in a pediatric emergency room or walk-in clinic setting.
Audience: The book is intended for a wide variety of readers, including ER physicians, general pediatricians, family practice physicians, and other primary care providers. It can serve as a reference source for medical students, residents, and any others taking care of an acutely ill child.
Features: Most common complaints that pediatricians, primary care providers, or pediatric emergency room care providers encounter are covered with specific attention to immediate management. The book is quite exhaustive in its breadth of coverage, almost rivaling what a textbook would cover. The format is a little unusual, as it is arranged in alphabetical order based on symptoms rather than being organized by system. One shortcoming is that it does not have many figures, algorithms, or pictures.
Assessment: This is an excellent pediatric emergency medicine textbook disguised as a five-minute consult. It can be used as a reference in most urgent care clinic locations and, of course, in a pediatric ER setting. It is quite exhaustive and covers a most if not all of the possible scenarios routinely seen in pediatric ERs and clinics. The information is evidence based, lucid, and more than adequate to help readers with diagnostic and therapeutic decisions. The total absence of figures, algorithms, or even tables may be a disadvantage.