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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Eileen Klein, MD, MPH (University of Washington School of Medicine)
Description: This book provides a useful and systematic approach to the initial assessment and management of ill and injured children.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a framework for the initial management of ill and injured children in order to stabilize their condition and prevent deterioration of their clinical status. This is not a manual of pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation. In fact, the goal is to teach physicians how to prevent deterioration to a state that requires cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Physicians will gain maximum benefit from this text if they already have an understanding of pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Audience: The target audience for this text is emergency medicine physicians, pediatric emergency medicine physicians, and pediatricians. It is also a useful book for family physicians and residents or fellows in all of these specialties.
Features: The fourth edition follows the same organization as the previous edition, and is updated in the text and references. It provides a useful and informative approach. The addition of a chapter on neonatal emergencies is a plus. The chapter on office emergencies has been greatly expanded from the previous edition and is very useful for the practitioner of pediatrics or family medicine. The illustrations of procedures are superb.
Assessment: This is a text for all physicians who care for seriously ill or injured children. It is concise, thorough, and easy to read. This new edition is updated and expanded and is an important addition to the library shelves.