Practical Paediatrics: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access


This is the seventh edition of a highly regarded, major textbook of paediatrics.

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Covers the social and preventative...

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This is the seventh edition of a highly regarded, major textbook of paediatrics.

Key features

Covers the social and preventative aspects of child health

Covers the common diseases of childhood and their treatment with a presenting-problem approach

Clinical examples throughout

Key learning points in Practical Points boxes throughout

Clearly sign-posted text

New to this edition:

51 new chapter authors

All chapters brought up to date with major re-writes of several chapters

New chapter on Sleep Problems

New chapter on Refugee Health


Free online access to the whole book through, where you will also find:

Over 500 interactive self-assessment questions

Further reading

Links to other helpful online resources

Additional illustrations


• Empahasis on differential diagnosis from a presenting-problem point of view..
• Covers the social and preventative aspects of child health
• Covers the common diseases of childhood and their treatment with a presenting-problem approach
• Contextualises the disease in description of social, genetic and epidemiological factors.
• Clinical example boxesthroughout
• Key learning points in Practical Points boxes throughout
• Clearly sign-posted text


Free online access to the whole book through, where you will also find:

• Nearly 400 interactive self-assessment questions
• Further reading suggetions
• Links to other helpful online resources
• Additional illustrations

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Editorial Reviews

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From student reviews of the previous edition:

‘This is a very comprehensive paediatrics textbook. It serves well as a general paeds book for your rotation and will sit on your shelf as a reference book past graduation.’

‘This is a really comprehensive book. It has everything you could want to know. It is well written, easy to understand and has lovely illustrations. There are highlighted tables which I liked and the Practical Points boxes are really informative.’

From published reviews of the current edition:

‘A great starter manual as an introduction to paediatrics. The format is user friendly and the practical points and clinical examples help readers solidify their learning.’ Doody Enterprises, Inc.

‘Practical Paediatrics is one of the core paediatric text books for medical students and postgraduate students studying for Diploma of Child Health. …There are Clinical Example boxes scattered within chapters that help keep the information clinically relevant, and the Practical Points boxes neatly summarise the chapter or section information…. There is also a chapter on Indigenous Culture and Health which includes a section on Maori View of Child Health and Illness. One of the best features is the online access which has the full text plus additional features. The additional features include questions in both review format, helpful for revision, and also questions in multi-choice test format with a timer-again a very useful feature for anyone sitting paediatric or child health examinations. There is also a drug database and an image library. This is very good value for money. Overall, this is an excellent textbook that is very relevant to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying paediatrics and child health.’

Maud Meates-Dennis, Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics, University of Otago, Christchurch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780702042928
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 8/8/2012
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 848
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Current paediatrics. 1.1 Child health and disease 1.2 Child health in a global context Part 2 Clinical assessment. 2.1 The clinical consultation 2.2 Developmental surveillance and assessment Part 3 Social and preventative paediatrics. 3.1 The child and the Family 3.2 Indigenous culture and health 3.3 Nutrition 3.4 Obesity 3.5 Immunization 3.6 Trauma 3.7 Failure to thrive 3.8 Developmental disability 3.9 Child abuse 3.10 Sudden unexpected death in infancy 3.11 Care of the adolescent 3.12 Gynaecology 3.13 Sleep problems 3.14 Refugee health Part 4 Behaviour and mental health needs in childhood. 4.1 Life events of normal children 4.2 Common mental health problems 4.3 Hyperactivity and inattention 4.4 Major psychiatric disorders Part 5 Paediatric emergencies. 5.1 Emergencies: causes and assessment 5.2 Resuscitation 5.3 Poisoning and envenomation Part 6 Fluid replacement. 6.1 Fluid replacement therapy Part 7 Principles of imaging in childhood. 7.1 Imaging Part 8 Common orthopaedic problems. 8.1 Orthopaedic problems Part 9 Common paediatric surgical problems. 9.1 Surgical conditions in older children Part 10 Inherited and metabolic problems. 10.1 Birth defects, prenatal diagnosis and teratogens 10.2 Modern genetics 10.3 The dysmorphic child 10.4 Genetic counselling 10.5 Inborn errors of metabolism Part 11 Neonatal problems. 11.1 The newborn infant: stabilisation and examination 11.2 Low birth weight, prematurity and jaundice in infancy 11.3 Breathing problems in the newborn 11.4 Congenital and perinatal infections 11.5 Surgical conditions in the newborn Part 12 Infections 12.1 Infectious disease 12.2 Bone and joint infections 12.3 Meningitis and encephalitis 12.4 Infections in tropical and developing countries Part 13 Allergy, immunity and inflamation. 13.1 Atopy 13.2 Immunodeficiency and its investigation 13.3 Arthritis and connective tissue disorders Part 14 Respiratory disorders. 14.1 Acute upper respiratory infections 14.2 Stridor 14.3 Asthma 14.4 Wheezing disorders other than asthma 14.5 Lower respiratory tract infections and abnormalities 14.6 An approach to chronic cough and cystic fibrosis Part 15 Cardiac disorders. 15.1 Suspected heart disease: assessment 15.2 Heart disease Part 16 Haematological disorders and malignancies 16.1 Anaemia 16.2 Abnormal bleeding and clotting 16.3 Cancers Part 17 Seizure disorders and disorders of the nervous system. 17.1 Seizures and epilepsies 17.2 Cerebral palsy and neurodegenerative disorders

17.3 Neuromuscular disorders 17.4 Neural tube defects, large heads andhydrocephalus 17.5 Headaches Part 18 Urinary tract disorders and hypertension. 18.1 Urinary tract infections and malformations 18.2 Glomerulonephritis, renal failure and hypertension Part 19 Endocrine disorders. 19.1 Growth and variationsof growth 19.2 Thyroid disorders 19.3 The child of uncertain sex 19.4 Diabetes 19.5 Bone mineral disorders Part 20 Gastrointestinal tract and hepatic disorders. 20.1 Abdominal pain and vomiting 20.2 Infective diarrhoea and inflammatory bowel disease 20.3 Chronic diarrhoea and malabsorption 20.4 Gastro-oesophageal reflux and Helicobacter pylori infection 20.5 Liver diseases

Part 21 Skin disorders. 21.1 Skin disorders Part 22 ENT, eye and dental disorders. 22.1 Ear, nose and throat disorders 22.2 Eye disorders 22.3 Teeth and oral cavity disorders Index

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