Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
Forfar and Arneil's Textbook of Pediatrics is a large, comprehensive, multiauthored volume. Despite its having gone through five editions since 1973, I had never heard of it until asked for this review, undoubtedly because of its British origin and lack of promotion and distribution in this country. In the United States, we have three similar pediatric texts: the Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics (15th edition, 1996), Rudolph's Pediatrics (20th edition, 1996), and Principles and Practice of Pediatrics (second edition, 1993), edited by the late Frank Oski, MD, and his colleagues. Clinicians who see children usually have a favorite among the three; some use them all eclectically for reference. Comparing Forfar and Arneil with these "standards" seems a useful way of assessing it. I did so by perusing most of the chapters and then studying, in detail, sections (selected at random) on asthma, the management of cardiac arrhythmias, and approaches to the newborn with ambiguous genitalia.
PediatricsForfar and Arneil's Textbook of Pediatrics. JAMA. 1999;281(10):954-955. doi:10.1001/jama.281.10.954-JBK0310-3-1