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June 16, 1999

PediatricsPediatric Clinical Skills

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edited by Richard B. Goldbloom, 2nd ed, 419 pp, with illus, soft cover, $49.95, ISBN 0-443-07927-7, Philadelphia, Pa, Churchill Livingstone, 1997.

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JAMA. 1999;281(23):2252. doi:10.1001/jama.281.23.2252-JBK0616-5-1

This book should be required reading for students with any intention of examining a pediatric patient in their career. It is rich with nuggets, photos, and illustrations that help send the authors' message better than the text alone.

The chapters are logically divided to follow the common progression of a student learning physical examination. First the family history and history taking are addressed. Then assessment of physical growth and nutrition is discussed, as this is essential to any pediatric patient evaluation. The next chapter presents general evaluation of the newborn, including history, prenatal history, and physical examination. Next congenital abnormalities are addressed, as deviants from the normal newborn. The developmental assessment chapter has an extensive listing of age-appropriate behaviors for ready reference. Some discussions and photographs discuss different techniques to use in examination to give an accurate assessment of the child's true developmental level, working around such elements as child and parental anxiety. The next several chapters cover specific systems, directing more detailed examination as dictated by the initial history.

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