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From The CriticsReviewer:Vanessa Carroll, MD(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description:This is the 13th edition of a handbook that extensively addresses medications in children, focusing on usage, warnings, adverse reactions, drug interactions, mechanisms of actions, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and nursing/patient information. The previous edition was published in 2004.
Purpose:This book is intended as a practical and convenient guide for dosage and usage of medications in children. The objectives are worthy and certainly met by the authors.
Audience:It is written for all pediatric healthcare providers. Medical students, residents, and staff physicians in almost all pediatric specialties will greatly benefit from this book.
Features:The drug information is presented in an alphabetical list, using a simple and consistent format throughout. The entries include a pronunciation guide, safety issues, brand names, generic availability, usage, lactation, contraindications, warnings, adverse reactions, mechanism of action, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, patient/additional information, and references. This is valuable information in an easy to use format, which provides benefit to all healthcare providers regardless of level of training.
Assessment:This is an essential desk reference for all healthcare providers. It contains vital information regarding usages and dosages of medications used in the care of neonates, infants, children, and adolescents. Its simple and thorough organization allows users to quickly ascertain information about the most commonly used pediatric drugs. With many competitors in this field, thisis the best pediatric medication reference book available. This edition adds lactation information, updates the monographs, and adds four new appendixes.