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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Tiffany H. Williams, BSN, MSN, CPNP (South Carolina State University)
Description: This comprehensive and well written book on the care of the child with a chronic condition includes information pertinent for students as well as practitioners. The ending summaries are written such that a busy practitioner can scan quickly, while the chapter content can be read in more detail as indicated.
Purpose: According to the author, the intent is to provide the reader with a review of information necessary to provide comprehensive primary preventive care to the child with a chronic illness. These objectives are well met.
Audience: The book appears to be written for pediatric practitioners in primary care, but it is most useful for those in specialty care, residents and students. The authors are credible authorities in the care of children with chronic illness
Features: The book covers illnesses seen by practitioners from allergies to organ transplantation. The presentation of the extensive information needed to provide preventive care in primary practice for each illness is an outstanding feature. The most unique feature is the concise, yet comprehensive table at the end of each chapter.
Assessment: This book is useful for a student or practitioner in primary care or a specialty area. With updated treatment guidelines, subsequent updates will be needed. I was pleased to see the inclusion of several mental health conditions in this edition.