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From The CriticsReviewer: Jadranka Popovic, MD (Children's Mercy Hospital)
Description: This is the 17th edition of the multiauthored book of pediatrics. The first edition was published in 1933.
Purpose: As stated by the editors, the book was written to continuously update the knowledge of common and less common diseases and disorders in pediatrics. The objective is to provide a guide to recognition, understanding, diagnosing, and treating problems of pediatric patients in an easy-to-use and readable format. The goal is to be comprehensive, concise, and reader friendly. This book could be used for rapid review in a busy clinical setting or as a textbook for more comprehensive studying.
Audience: "The book is intended for general pediatricians, house staff, medical students, and others involved in pediatric medicine. Although pediatricians will probably be the main users, others might find it very helpful. This book provides adequate information for those needing a quick reference for a practical clinical approach, yet it also provides comprehensive coverage of the field. For more in-depth readings on rare conditions or for extensive subspecialty information, the authors suggest consulting references listed at the end of chapters. "
Features: The book has 33 major parts each divided into sections. Each section is further divided into the chapters for a total of 713 chapters. The book provides extensive and comprehensive coverage of all common and less common diseases and conditions in pediatrics. Each chapter is further divided to cover specifics related to a particular topic, including normal physiology, pathophysiology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, clinical features, symptoms, diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and therapy. Chapters are written by world renowned clinicians with significant research experience in the particular topic. Although this is rather large and extensive textbook, chapters are easy to read and follow and are clear in content. A valuable addendum to this edition is the CD-ROM although it can be slightly difficult to navigate. The last part provides useful information on laboratory testing in infants and children with reference ranges for laboratory tests and procedures. A useful chapter covers herbal medicine.
Assessment: This 17th edition has undergone substantial revision and reorganization. There are a number of new chapters as well as substantial expansion or significant modification of others. This excellent new edition should be well received. The writing is first class, clear and to the point. I studied for my board exam from the15th edition. I am pleased to see this updated edition that is even more informative and indispensable.