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June 26, 1987

Primary Pediatric Care

Author Affiliations

The Woodlands, Tex

The Woodlands, Tex


edited by Robert A. Hoekelman, 1776 pp, with 225 illus, $67.95, St Louis, CV Mosby Co, 1987.

JAMA. 1987;257(24):3423. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390240129042

Hats off to Dr Hoekelman, his four fellow editors, and his collection of 216 contributors for a magnificent volume that delivers what its ambitious title advertises: Primary Pediatric Care. This book has a place in every pediatrician's office as well as every ambulatory pediatric center and training center for pediatricians, family practitioners, and pediatric nurse specialists.

An attempt to cover this massive topic naturally means a massive volume, and this is no pocket book. The size, however, should not discourage one from using the book as a quick reference. Each section is concisely written to help the pediatrician who wants a quick differential for a presenting symptom or direct advice on treating a medical or behavioral problem. For those who want a reference indexed by presenting signs and symptoms, this book delivers. On the other hand, if one needs a reference indexed by specific clinical problems, this book also meets