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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary P. Dupuy, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This pediatric reference for urgent issues offers a unique design based on presenting problems rather than diagnoses.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a useful, immediate resource for urgent and emergent issues in pediatrics designed according to disease presenting signs and symptoms. This is a practical objective, which is, for the most part, met.
Audience: This book could serve as a resource for any provider assessing acute pediatric problems including emergency room physicians, general pediatricians, family practitioners, and even pediatric intensivists. It would certainly be helpful to medical students and residents.
Features: This uniquely designed pediatric reference is organized alphabetically according to presenting problems. Each section is then organized in sequence by the most life-threatening conditions rather than the most common presentation for that issue. Signs, symptoms, medical evaluation, and treatment considerations are then further addressed for each condition. A unique structural element to this book is a rating system used to identify the sensitivity of whether a sign or symptom will be present if the condition truly exists. This rating system is, when achievable, evidence-based according to a literature review.
Assessment: This is a unique book whose format is compact and easy to use for acute pediatric issues. It should certainly be useful in the education of any practitioner taking care of common problems in children, but it is also a useful immediate resource for challenging or unusual presentations of acute pediatric problems. Its focus on covering the most life-threatening problems first makes it an even more important resource. The sensitivity rating system is helpful, but can be misleading.