Reviewer: Joseph Hageman, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: The 28th volume in the Recent Advances in Pediatrics series edited by Dr. Ian Maconochie is a collection of nine clinically relevant, well-presented articles about a variety of topics from acute conditions (drowning, shock), to developmental and genetic disorders, all of which have relevance for pediatric providers.
Purpose: The purpose is to update pediatric providers about select topics. I have enjoyed reading these articles as much as the editor states he does in the preface. I also learned a lot.
Audience: The audience is pediatricians, specialists, and trainees who wish to keep abreast of new developments in pediatrics. After reading the articles in this and those in volume 27, it appears that Dr. Maconochie and the authors he has recruited are definitely credible.
Features: The book includes clinically relevant papers about the management of acute illnesses and conditions such as shock and drowning, as well as child abuse. There is a paper about rapidly changing genetic techniques for diagnosis of rare diseases and a discussion of tuberous sclerosis, which clinicians need to be knowledgeable about. The rest of the papers cover aspects of growth and development of disabled children and interventions for newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit. Finally, there is a discussion of fertility preservation for young people with cancer, because as survival rates are improving in general, quality of life has become much more of an issue. The only thing missing is an index.
Assessment: I highly recommend this thoughtful update on current, clinically relevant topics for clinical providers who care for children. The editor has once again chosen subjects that pediatric providers will find of great interest. Whether you are a trainee or an experienced practitioner, I believe you will learn a lot, just as I did.