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From The CriticsReviewer: Rajasekharan Warrier, MD(Ochsner for Children)
Description: This is an accurate, succinct, yet comprehensive review of the common issues that residents, students, or fellows come across during their pediatric hematology rotation. It covers every aspect of care, ranging from how to evaluate a child with anemia to supportive care of a child undergoing bone marrow transplantation. This is a welcome update of the outdated first edition published in 2002.
Purpose: It is intended to serve as a practical guide and a training tool for students, residents, and fellows as well as primary care personnel taking care of pediatric hematology/oncology patients. The first edition was very popular with fellows at our institution and could always be found in their coat pockets.
Audience: Although designed for students, interns, and residents rotating through a pediatric hematology/oncology service (in addition to fellows in this field), primary care health professionals also may find it practical and useful.
Features: The book offers guidelines to help diagnose and manage pediatric patients with cancer or blood disorders. Clear and concise tables and algorithms help with the diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of specific conditions. This is a wonderful tool for resident primary care practitioners and fellows to have ready in their armamentarium when on-call or on service. The text is clear, accurate, practical, clinically relevant, and up to date, and it is presented in a highly readable and simple fashion.
Assessment: There are few handbooks specifically designed to offer help to clinicians/residents managing pediatric hematology/oncology patients on a daily basis. This one is uniquely suited to be a resource for students, residents, fellows, and all personnel taking care of children in a hematology/oncology clinic. It covers what has to be done in a clear, concise fashion and packs a lot of information into a small book. This is one of the most useful books in this area and I have routinely recommended it for all fellows and residents in our university and hospital. My only regret is that the new edition is sized differently and is now difficult to carry in the traditional white coat pocket.