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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brigid Gregg, MD (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This up-to-date and comprehensive guide to pediatric endocrinology moves from the pathogenesis of endocrine diseases to available treatment options while pointing out when generalists might want to call a consultant. This is a truly useful book for all physicians who care for young patients with endocrine disorders.
Purpose: This is a practical guide to the clinical practice of pediatric endocrinology which is easy to understand and to the point. As the preface points out, gifted teachers are those who can explain complex concepts in an accessible manner. The book certainly accomplishes this goal. In creating a how-to guide while breaking down the molecular mechanisms of endocrine diseases, it fills a gap in currently available pediatric endocrinology literature.
Audience: Both general practitioners and pediatric endocrinologists will find this useful. Several of the chapter authors from the most well-known pediatric endocrinology textbook also author chapters in this book, making it both accessible and authoritative.
Features: "In presenting a comprehensive look at the field of pediatric endocrinology, the book uses a modern format complete with treatment and diagnostic algorithms as well as lists of current websites dedicated to particular topics. The book also clearly outlines when to consult an endocrinologist, which is useful information for both generalists to know and specialists to convey. Another strength of the book is the proportion that is dedicated to diabetes, as the care of diabetic patients comprises a significant amount of the clinical work of pediatric endocrinologists. One shortcoming is the lack of comprehensive coverage of Turner syndrome, since these patients are often chiefly cared for by pediatric endocrinologists. "
Assessment: This excellent book makes it possible for busy first-year endocrinology fellows to gain a broad understanding of the pertinent topics in this field. It takes its place in the literature as more practical and streamlined than the textbook Pediatric Endocrinology, 3rd edition, Sperling (Elsevier, 2008), while being a more comprehensive teaching tool than the pocket handbook Pediatric Endocrinology, Styne (Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2004). If it could be made slightly smaller and paperback (like The Harriet Lane Handbook, 18th edition, Custer and Rau (Elsevier, 2009)) it would be a must-have reference for all pediatric endocrinology fellows.