Description: As the title suggests, this handbook of pediatrics is designed as a simple, easy to use reference for residents to carry daily.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a guide for residents as they care for their patients. The objectives are very worthy, with several books designed to fulfill them, most notably, The Harriet Lane Handbook, 18th edition, Custer et al. (Elsevier, 2009). Although this book is a worthy effort, it has some technical flaws.
Audience: Written by residents, this book is certainly appropriate for their peers.
Features: The information is concise, but it is presented in a tiny type font and abbreviated as if it were text messages. References are as up to date as possible and, according to the editor, should take readers directly to the article if typed into the search bar at pubmed.gov. While the book has the stated goal of providing evidence-based discussions, there is nothing to indicate the level of confidence for any specific topic.
Assessment: The goals of this book are laudable. However, the loose-leaf format wastes much of the room in one's pocket. The shorthand presentation in very small type makes the information difficult to read. There are other similar books, including The Harriet Lane Handbook, that present comparable information more clearly.