AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 9781581109665
ISBN-10: 1581109660
Copyright: 2017
Edition: 2nd
Editor: McInerny, Thomas K., Adam, Henry M., Campbell, Deborah E., DeWitt, Thomas G., Foy, Jane Meschan, Kamat, Deepak M.,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 88
Reviewer: Maria Alkureishi,  MD  (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description
This is an exceptionally well-written and comprehensive book and online resource on a multitude of aspects of pediatric care. As an update of the original published in 2008, this version expands on the enormous changes in the practice of pediatric medicine, resulting in an increased focus on mental health topics as well as practical and accessible resources to facilitate not only decision making and patient care management, but also healthcare delivery.
Purpose
It is designed to be an updated, comprehensive resource for practicing providers that reflects not only the changes in medicine and healthcare delivery since the prior edition, but also supports real-time decision making and patient education. As someone who sees patients in a variety of settings and locations, I appreciate that it was created with these goals in mind, and the online version allows me to tap into these resources remotely. Furthermore, I appreciate that the book harnesses the most up-to-date information and guidance, taking advantage of the combined wealth of knowledge and expertise of leading clinicians and specialists.
Audience
The targeted audience is practicing pediatricians, but the book is also extremely useful for family medicine and meds-peds physicians as well as midlevel providers such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Residents and fellows also would benefit from having this as a trusted and comprehensive resource and a solid foundation for their learning.
Features
The book is exhaustive, covering everything from delivery of healthcare and the overall approach to caring for pediatric patients, to community health and advocacy. The American Academy of Pediatrics is the go-to source for preventive care and health promotion, and this book does not fall short in delivering a comprehensive resource in this area. I appreciate the attention given to the care of unique populations, particularly adolescents and high-risk infants, with valuable practical guidance in their care. The organization of presenting signs and symptoms is especially helpful for busy providers. Each of the specific clinical problem chapters are extremely well written by leaders in their respective fields, and are easy to navigate with colorful graphics, photos, and useful tables. Last but not least, there is a standalone section on critical situations, so that providers can quickly locate the information they need and put it into practice.
Assessment
This is a tremendous resource for providers caring for pediatric patients. It is what one would hope and expect from the American Academy of Pediatrics: a trusted, relevant, comprehensive, well-organized book that serves as an essential and invaluable resource for practicing providers. I highly recommend this second edition to anyone caring for children, and I think they will come to find it to be the cornerstone resource for pediatric care today.
Review Questionnaire
Range Question Score
1-10 Are the product's objectives met? 10
1-5 Does the website help achieve the purpose? 5
1-10 Rate the worthiness of those objectives. 10
1-5 Is this directed to an appropriate level? 5
1-5 Is there significant duplication? (1=significant, 5=insignificant) 5
1-5 Are there significant omissions? (1=significant, 5=insignificant) 5
1-5 Rate the authority of the authors. 5
1-5 Are there sufficient illustrations? 5
1-5 Rate the pedagogic value of the illustrations. 3
1-5 Are there sufficient references? 5
1-5 Rate the currency of the references. 5
1-5 Rate the helpfulness of the index. 3
1-5 Rate the added value from the online version. 4
1-5 Is the online version easy to access? 4
1-5 Rate the ease of navigation/search. 4
1-5 Rate the pedagogic quality of images on the online version. 3
1-5 Rate the value of added audiovisual features online. 3
1-5 Is there sufficient use of hypertext links? 5
1-5 Are there hyperlinks from references to journal articles? 5
1-5 Is there appropriate use of features like bookmarking, printing/exporting? 5
1-10 Is this a worthwhile contribution to the field? 10
1-10 If this is a 2nd or later edition, is this new edition needed? 10