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WAO Medical Book Review

Posted: September 2013

Visual Diagnosis and Treatment in Pediatrics, Second Edition
By EK Chung, LR Atkinson-McEvoy, JA Boom, PS Matz
Copyright 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISBN: 9781605475462

Retail Price: 147.99 USD
Available from: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Claudia I. Gallego, MD
Professor of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
University Hospital
Monterrey, Nuevo León, México

The revised second edition of Visual diagnosis and Treatment in Pediatrics is a highly visual guide to the rapid and accurate diagnosis and treatment of a variety of pediatric problems and is supported by more than 600 full-color photographs. It the best option for busy clinicians.

The purpose of this book is to provide easy visual recognition of several diseases in the pediatric population. In addition to the high quality photographs, this book provides well organized information, clinical pearls and approaches for 73 presenting conditions, all organized by anatomic sites, for quick and easy reference.

This book is ideal for medical students, residents, family clinicians, neonatologists, pediatricians, dermatologists, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists, allergists/immunologists, and all clinicians interested in learning about pediatric conditions.

All 15 chapters are practical and organized by anatomic areas of general appearance from the head, trunk, extremities and finally, to the extensive majesty of the skin. This new edition includes a single section of "visual diagnosis in the newborn" and a new chapter on breastfeeding with images to help clinicians promote and support breastfeeding.

The sections of each chapter include discussion of approaches to the problem, key points in the history, key points in the physical examination, photographs of selected diagnosis, a chart with differential diagnosis, other diagnoses to consider, and when to consider further evaluation or treatment - all of this in very concise explanation.

In the center of each section there is a very practical chart that summarizes the differential diagnosis, ICD-9 classification, distinguishing characteristics, distribution of the injury, associated findings, complications, and treatment guidelines, which makes the search more rapid and effective.

For additional information, the authors have suggested a list of resources on the last page of each section.

This book is a companion for the pediatricians, general practitioners, and all health professionals who have contact with children in medical settings. It is a practical, easy-to-read, concise and well illustrated reference book. As another advantage, this text comes with access to the complete contents online to download and read on PC or tablet.