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Book and Media Reviews
November 18, 2009

Clinical Manual of Fever in Children

JAMA. 2009;302(19):2154-2158. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1696

Medicine has undergone a great deal of transformation over the last century, fragmenting into specialties, subspecialties, and sub-subspecialties. This has led some to worry that it may have become overspecialized, with many physicians focused less on the patient sitting across from them than on the dysfunctions or irregularities of the particular organ system they specialize in treating. Indeed, many patients seeing multiple specialists for their medical problems often report feeling as though they as individuals are somehow being overlooked and that for all the proverbial trees, the forest is being ignored. I therefore approached this book with some skepticism, wondering if it heralded the emergence of yet another pediatric subspecialty, febrology. How much can there be to know about fever in children, I asked myself, apart from when to start treating a fever and with which antipyretic?

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