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WAO Medical Book Review

Posted: December 2012

Schwartz's Clinical Handbook of Pediatrics, Fifth Edition
By Joseph J. Zorc, Elizabeth R Alpern, Lawrence W Brown, Kathleen M Loomes, Bradley S Marino, Cynthia J Mollen, Leslie J Raffini
2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Print ISBN: 9781608315789
eBook ISBN: 9781451167337

List Price: $48.95 Print; $47.99 eBook
Available from: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Daniel Munblit MD, MSc
Research Postgraduate
Department of Medicine, Department of Paediatrics
Imperial College London
United Kingdom

This book covers most fields and gives a brief description of common conditions in pediatric practice. Its size allows physicians to bring it to the bedside.

The purpose of this book is to provide the reader with a handbook that covers most pediatric conditions and allows the reader to move quickly from symptoms to diagnosis and then to treatment.

This pocket-sized handbook primarily targets medical students and residents. It would be a useful guide for any physician who does not have access to the internet.

When reading this book you feel as though an experienced mentor is guiding you step by step through the misty pathway of clinical diagnosis. All chapters are sorted according to the main problem. The book gives readers an opportunity to look for a specific complaint, only then to discover the list of differential diagnoses as well as how this particular illness presents clinically, its etiology, evaluation and the laboratory tests used in daily practice in order to confirm the clinical diagnosis. It is worthwhile to mention the figures that provide the reader with the particular condition evaluation algorithm and the tables which systematize core features of various common diseases.

Most chapters provide readers with useful hints highlighting important details which can be easily missed by an inexperienced physician. Several pages are devoted to particular diseases. At the end of each topic readers can find a reference list of suggested readings in order to deepen clinical knowledge. Separate parts are dedicated to toxicology and cardiology laboratory as well as a glossary which will be very useful for every doctor.

This book is a good source of information in pediatrics and helpful to allergists/immunologists who treat children and adolescents. It will be valuable for a medical student or young physician to have in the pocket as a quick pediatric guide.