American Academy of Pediatrics Quick Reference Guide to Pediatric Care, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 9781610021111
ISBN-10: 1610021118
Copyright: 2018
Edition: 2nd
Editor: Kamat, Deepak M.
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 94
Reviewer: Maria Alkureishi,  MD  (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
This book delivers exactly what the title suggests: a practical, easy-to-access, action-oriented guide to a variety of commonly encountered clinical issues for busy practitioners. It is unique in that it is written entirely in outline, bulleted form, an ideal format that makes it easy to grab, quickly look up a topic or symptom, and become immediately informed about the recommended workup and management. The previous edition was published in 2010, and this edition has been updated and streamlined to be even more practical and useful in the moment.
The purpose is to provide a quick, go-to resource for providers seeing pediatric patients. It is streamlined and written from a very practical perspective to help focus on the most appropriate approach to evaluation and management steps for a variety of commonly encountered symptoms and diseases. Given the increasingly difficult time demands of outpatient medicine, coupled with the challenges of the vast array of diagnostic dilemmas pediatric providers face on a daily basis, this is a helpful resource to give that much-needed, on-the-spot, decision-making support.
Although busy outpatient pediatric, family medicine, or internal medicine-pediatrics (med-peds) providers would likely benefit most from this book, it is written so clearly and simply that it stands as a helpful and educational resource for anyone seeing pediatric patients in that setting, including residents, students, and midlevel providers such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants. As a publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics, there really is no better trusted source for up-to-date and on-point information.
The book covers a variety of commonly seen diseases and conditions such as acne, sinusitis, and asthma, as well as some rarer ones that providers seeing children should be aware of, such as HIV and AIDS, immune thrombocytopenia purpura, and Noonan syndrome. There are a good number of presenting signs and symptoms that are incredibly helpful for frontline providers, particularly when the diagnostic etiology may not be as readily clear, such as limp, hypotonia, and fatigue and weakness. These sections are structured in a way that helps guide and inform providers' thinking as they approach their differential and plan for a particular presentation. Lastly, this book benefits from a good number of mental health and psychiatric topics such as depression, anxiety, self harm, and intellectual disability, areas where pediatric providers may not feel as comfortable in terms of their management, in which case this book helps provide some much-needed direction and support.
In sum, this is an extraordinarily helpful, practical, concise, go-to resource for busy pediatric providers. It covers an extensive list of varied topics, signs, and symptoms and is written in a manner that likely will make it a trusted real-time resource. The easy-to-read style lends itself to a wide audience, from beginning students to practiced providers, and no doubt pediatric, family medicine, and med-peds providers alike will find it incredibly useful. Lastly, this second edition benefits from an even more streamlined approach, and the updated information, as well as expanded mental health, behavioral, and psychiatric topics, are much-needed additions.
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1-10 Is this a worthwhile contribution to the field? 8
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