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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Matthew Cortez, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This pocket pediatric manual is meant to be a point of care reference tool.
Purpose: It is meant to be used by primary house staff at the pediatric bedside. As more content becomes available online and formatted for mobile devices, the number of quick-use pocket manuals in print seems to be declining, but this book definitely fills a need. The authors have done a good job of compiling information relevant to house staff caring for children.
Audience: Pediatric house staff and busy recent residency graduates in practice are the intended audience. The handbook is a good refresher for pediatric and neonatal knowledge.
Features: The format of numerous tables and bulleted listings makes it easy to find information quickly. The book is written primarily by house staff for house staff and includes a wealth of clinical pearls that residents working in the emergency department or at the bedside need.
Assessment: This is a unique and novel approach to a pediatric handbook. It is the first that I can remember that is written by house staff, although it is reviewed by attendings and is very thorough.