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October 12, 2005

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

JAMA. 2005;294(14):1827-1829. doi:10.1001/jama.294.14.1827

This textbook, now in its fifth edition, has become a standard reference for physicians who care for sick and injured children. In the 6 years since the last edition, there have been notable changes in the knowledge and skill base needed by practicing emergency physicians. This includes new diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the threat of biological and chemical terrorist attacks, and advancing technology.

The section on life-threatening emergencies includes a new chapter (one of the best) entitled “Emergency Department Awareness and Response to Incidents of Biological and Chemical Terrorism.” Based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning the most serious biological and chemical threats to public health, this chapter begins with a focus on six agents: anthrax, smallpox, plague, botulism, tularemia, and viral hemorrhagic fevers. It concludes with a review of chemical agents, such as nerve and pulmonary agents, cyanide, and riot control agents (eg, tear gas). In the aftermath of September 11, physicians have become more aware of these threats but with emphasis on adults. This chapter provides a complete, well-referenced resource that focuses on the pediatric population.

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