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June 15, 1994

Pediatric Medicine

Author Affiliations

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (Pa) University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

JAMA. 1994;271(23):1880-1881. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510470084044

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Pediatric Medicine by Drs Mary Ellen Avery and Lewis First represents another entry into the arena of major pediatric textbooks. Avery and First bring to their text the perspective of pediatric attending physicians at Children's Hospital in Boston, in a traditional, organ-based approach. What is unusual compared with better-known texts is the inclusion of sections on "New Developments," "Controversies," and "Case Illustrations with Questions and Comments." "New Developments" emphasizes advances in diagnostic techniques and therapies. "Controversies" notes gray areas of understanding or even tenets often taken as truth but unproven. "Case Illustrations" are brief and representative, often followed by common questions and discussions of particular disorders.

The second edition emphasizes the value of case illustrations as a learning tool. In addition, basic science sections have been expanded but remain succinct. When appropriate, simplified metabolic pathways are included to aid understanding of basic pathophysiology. Discussions of pharmacology are integrated into each

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