Description: This companion handbook provides a concise and portable overview of pediatric emergency medicine (PEM). The first edition was published in 1996.
Purpose: The expressed purpose is to provide an on-the-spot summary of emergent problems encountered in clinical pediatrics. It does not replace the larger text, but rather provides a more rapidly accessible clinical reference. Little is lost from the full size text, and the book remains a valuable, now more portable, introduction to PEM.
Audience: It is targeted for students, residents, and practitioners of PEM. It is useful to both those who regularly care for pediatric emergencies, as well as those who occasionally care for the severely injured or ill child. The editors and contributors are all recognized authorities in the field.
Features: The chapters are arranged predominantly by organ system, covering the most common emergent pediatric conditions. Additional chapters cover resuscitation, trauma, toxicology, and environmental emergencies. The best aspect of the book is its breadth of coverage, including most important topics in PEM. The 117-page chapter on toxicologic emergencies is an excellent example. The lack of references keeps this pocket text from being unwieldy, however it is also a significant shortcoming. Similarly the number of illustrations is limited, but the orthopedic illustrations and radiograph reproductions are of high quality.
Assessment: This book offers the most comprehensive and portable reference on PEM available today. It is complete, yet concise enough to be a practical quick reference. It makes a welcome addition to the quick reference set of general practitioners as well as specialists. The new compact format makes it particularly appealing to those in clinical training.