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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael G White, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: Experts in the field provide a current review of specific topics in developmental disabilities in children and young adults in this book. It begins with a brief historical introduction and diagnostic overview of the field, followed by current treatment strategies. A few general topics, such as developing a team approach, are also covered.
Purpose: The book is aimed at general pediatricians or family practitioners who most often see children with developmental disabilities. The foreword suggests that this is a "supplement and complement to existing texts." The book serves this purpose well.
Audience: It seems to be targeted at residents and general practitioners likely to be called upon to treat these patients within their practice. It provides a good basic reference for this purpose.
Features: This is a good general preview to the most common developmental disorders in children and provides a good blue print for their management. It uses a very traditional approach.
Assessment: This is a very readable and useful source of information for the management of children with developmental disorders within a general practice. It provides the information necessary to care for more complex patients in conjunction with subspecialists in the appropriate fields.