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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Charles Kantrow, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: The ultimate handbook for pediatricians, house officers, and staff just got better. This book is a complete compendium of what any pediatric house officer would need to know to provide day-to-day care for children. The last edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an ever-improving source of "convenient, readily accessible synthesis of information useful to the pediatric house officer and pediatric practitioner." This has become, through the years, an indispensable source for that information. This book meets and surpasses its objective.
Audience: It is written for house officers in pediatrics, as well as all practitioners of pediatrics in need of a resource. Each chapter is written by a different resident with a faculty supervisor's help to ensure adequate information is presented in a useful format for the intended audience.
Features: The book covers most everything needed to provide care to pediatric patients by house officers. The information is divided by subspecialty and has useful topic headings to allow one to answer most questions regarding basic care of a child. The drug dosing information is updated and particularly helpful as in the neonatal critical care and emergency management topics. Most all topics seem well done and thorough.
Assessment: This is an outstanding book which seems to be getting better and more accessible with each edition. No pediatric house officer or practitioner should be without a copy. It is the standard in the pediatric community against which other quick references are judged.