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From The CriticsReviewer: Mary Younger, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This quick reference on pediatric complaints and diseases is a resource for differential diagnosis, exam findings, lab and radiology findings, treatment, and ICD-9 codes. This updates the 2005 publication.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a quick reference for a large number of pediatric problems and diseases. Considering the vast amount of information a general pediatrician needs to know, this is a worthy goal that the authors successfully achieve.
Audience: Residents and practitioners in general pediatrics are the intended audience.
Features: The book covers history and exam findings, lab and radiology findings, differential diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up. It is very easy to navigate and information is presented in a concise format. The differential diagnoses are very thorough.
Assessment: This is a very useful starting point for general pediatrics. It provides most of the basic facts on a disease process in an easy to follow manner. I have the previous edition (fourth) in my office and use it on a weekly basis. I have not found the previous the previous edition to be out of date, so I am not sure that a new edition is warranted. However, a few minor organizational changes have been made in the fifth edition which make the book even easier to use.