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From The CriticsReviewer: Jadranka Popovic, MD (Children's Mercy Hospital)
Description: This is the fifth edition of an Australian multiauthored book presenting a problem-based practical approach to learning about the most common pediatric problems and conditions.
Purpose: As stated by the editors, the book is intended to assist undergraduate medical students in developing a comprehensive understanding of the practical provision of healthcare for children and their parents. The objective is to provide a guide to recognition, understanding, and diagnosing medical problems of pediatric patients in an easy-to-use and readable format. This book could be used alone for a more rapid review or as an adjunct to the one of the major textbooks of pediatrics for more comprehensive studying.
Audience: Although it is written primarily for medical students, the book may prove helpful to others, including postgraduate nurse educators, other health professionals, residents preparing for board examinations, and clinicians. It provides adequate information for those needing fast access to the common pediatric problems. For more detailed review the reader should consult one of the pediatric textbooks.
Features: The book's 23 chapters present the most common pediatric problems in an easy to read format. Each chapter concludes with self-assessment questions followed by the answers and related commentaries. A section of further reading has been revised and is focused on evidence-based medicine. Each section has Web references that greatly enhance the value of this book and make it up-to-date.
Assessment: The writing is first class, clear, and to the point. The material is presented in an easily readable and searchable format which will be appreciated by medical students, residents, and clinicians. This edition has several new topics, such as electronic learning resources, indigenous culture and health, life events of normal children. All chapters have been reviewed and the majority have been extensively rewritten. The team effort of the authors provides the pediatric community with a worthwhile contribution to the field.