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Books, Journals, New Media
January 7, 2004

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(1):112. doi:10.1001/jama.291.1.112-a

The pediatric hospitalist movement has truly arrived with publication of the first-ever textbook devoted to pediatric inpatient management. Although the number of potential topics seems endless, 134 chapters, each four to eight pages long, fit in fewer than 1000 pages.

This hardcover textbook is organized into 20 sections. Editors Perkin, Swift, and Newton begin with a discussion of the development of a hospitalist program. After shorter sections on radiology and ethical-legal issues, the next section has 17 chapters, each covering a common presenting symptom including apnea, lymphadenopathy, and vomiting. The bulk of the textbook is organized by systems, nine to be exact. Additional sections discuss surgical emergencies, sedation and pain management, and child abuse. There is a superb section on hospital care of children with complex conditions, including cerebral palsy, cerebrospinal fluid shunts, and myelomeningocele. The book ends with nine chapters on pediatric procedures, ranging from intraosseous lines to arthrocentesis.

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