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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Judy Moreau, MD (Ochsner for Children)
Description: This condensed version of a major reference on adolescent healthcare (Adolescent Health Care: A Practical Guide, 5th edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008)) covers a wide variety of topics in 84 concise chapters with excellent tables and algorithms.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a concise portable handbook of adolescent health for healthcare providers who do not specialize in adolescent medicine.
Audience: General practitioners who see adolescent patients are the audience for this book. These include a wide variety of physicians such as pediatricians, family practitioners, and college healthcare clinic physicians. The tables and algorithms make this handbook valuable for trainees.
Features: This book covers a large variety of topics that affect adolescents, ranging from normal growth and development to common dermatologic problems, obesity, sexually transmitted diseases, and drug abuse. The headache chapter is concise yet complete. The authors provide Web site references to augment the text and allow for further research on a particular topic.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for general physicians who care for adolescents. It provides a quick and easy to use handbook on adolescent healthcare issues and contains suitable references for further research and information.