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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel R. Bronfin, M.D.(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This comprehensive, authoritative textbook of pediatrics is generally considered the standard in the field. The previous edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: The authors strive to provide state-of-the-art information on the growth and development of normal and abnormal children, and the diseases of childhood and adolescence. The entire book been updated by expert contributors and the authors aim to be "comprehensive, concise, and reader friendly." The authors' objectives are met in this 17th edition of a classic textbook that serves as a gateway into the field of pediatrics.
Audience: This book is written for practitioners, housestaff, medical students, and others providing care to children. This book will be used extensively by pediatric specialists as well as those in other diverse fields.
Features: The table of contents of this book includes all of the major topics in the field of pediatrics, organized by system. It is refreshing to read material that is presented in a concise, traditional fashion focusing more on comprehensive text as opposed to scanty algorithms. The tables, diagrams, and photos are quite good. In addition, the authors successfully focus on the psychosocial aspects of pediatrics as well as organic disease.
Assessment: It is important to update the book with this new edition. Significant changes in therapeutics and updates on new morbidities are presented. I have found it to be the most readable and practically useful of the general pediatric textbooks. If only one pediatric educational resource can be chosen for a personal or institutional medical library, this should be the choice.